What is the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period?
In 2019, the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period takes the place of the Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period. This new period runs from January 1 through March 31 year. Beneficiaries who have a Medicare Advantage plan can take the following actions.
- Switch to another plan with prescription drug coverage, known as a MA-PD plan.
- Switch to a plan without prescription drug coverage.
- Disenroll from the Advantage plan and return to Original Medicare Part A and Part B, with the option to enroll in a stand-alone Part D prescription drug plan.*
Coverage becomes effective the month after the switch.
*Be aware: Federal law does not give a guaranteed right to purchase a Medigap policy during this disenrollment period. In most states, those returning to Original Medicare will likely have to pass medical underwriting in order to get a Medigap policy.Last updated: 12-04-2018