Steps for Medicare Advantage Enrollment
1. Find out if you are eligible
For the majority of individuals, Medicare Advantage enrollment is limited to 3 main time periods.
Annual Election Period: You can change plans during this time period. You can also sign up for Medicare for the first time if you missed your initial enrollment period. The Annual Election Period, also known as Open Enrollment, is from October 15th - December 7th each year.
Special Enrollment Period: Medicare's Special Election Period allows you to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, if you meet certain criteria. Find a list of qualifying conditions.
Initial Coverage Election Period (ICEP): You may be eligible to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan during your ICEP, which occurs around the same time as your Parts A and B Medicare eligibility. This is usually during the three months prior, the month of, and the three months after your 65th birthday month or your 25th month of disability.
2. Research, review and choose your plan
Review plan details and select the one that best fits your needs. Visit our FAQ page to find answers to common questions. Go to Our Plans and enter your zip code to find Medicare Advantage plans available in your area.
3. Talk to a representative
If you have questions about your Medicare eligibility or plan selection and would prefer to enroll over the phone, please call us at 1-866-249-8668 (TTY users call 711). A representative can help answer questions that may come up during your research.
4. Be prepared to enroll
When you are ready to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, make sure you have the following information:
Your Medicare card, if applicable
Your Social Security information
Additional medical or prescription insurance plan information, if applicable
Your checking account and routing number – if you want to have your premium automatically deducted from your bank account.
If you plan on enrolling in a Medicare Advantage Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) plan, you will need to choose your primary care physician.
5. You're Ready! Enroll Now!
There are multiple ways to complete the Medicare enrollment process including by phone, mail or online. Enroll Now.
Enrollment disclaimer information:
You may enroll in the plan only during specific times of the year unless you qualify for a Special Election Period (SEP) or Initial Coverage Election Period (ICEP).