When can I enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan?

In addition to when you first join Medicare, you can also enroll during:

Annual election period (Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 each year)

During this enrollment period:

  • You can join, switch or leave any Medicare Advantage plan.
  • You may return to Original Medicare and buy a stand-alone Medicare Part D plan.
  • Your changes take effect Jan. 1.

Medicare Advantage disenrollment period (Jan. 1 to Feb. 14 each year)

  • If you don’t like the Medicare Advantage plan you enrolled in, you can go back to Original Medicare and choose a stand-alone Part D plan (PDF, 268KB).
  • Note: You can't join or switch a Medicare Advantage plan.

  • The effective date of your disenrollment request will occur the first of the following month.

Special enrollment period

Updated 03/27/2014

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