When To Buy A Medicare Supplement Policy
The best time to buy a Medigap policy is during your Medigap Open Enrollment Period, which is the six-month period that begins on the first day of the month in which you turn 65 or older and have enrolled in Part B. (Some state have additional Open Enrollment Periods.) After this enrollment period, you may not be able to buy a Medigap policy. If you are able to buy one, it may cost more. This is quoted out of the Medicare guidebook, there are some caveats that you might qualify for making this not a true statement. We would love to listen to your needs and help guide you to the path that will meet those needs.
If you delay in Part B because you have group health coverage based on you (or your spouse’s) current employment, you Medigap Open Enrollment Period won’t start until you sign up for Part B.
Keep in mind Medicare does not consider COBRA coverage as creditable coverage, and therefore would not allow you to forego any penalties for not enrolling.
While this website is not about Medicare Advantage, I wanted to point out those dates as well, as they also include when you can cancel out of your Medicare Advantage plan and move over to a Medicare Supplement.
September & October—Review and Compare Medicare Advantage Plans
Review any notices from your plan about changes for next year. To learn more about your options download Medicare and You 2018
Compare: In October, use Medicare’s tools to find a plan that meets your needs.
This is the one time of year when ALL people with Medicare can make changes to their health and prescription drug plans for the next year.
Between: October 15- December 7
Anyone with Medicare can change their Medicare Advantage coverage for next year.
January 1—Coverage Begins
Your new coverage begins if you switched to a new plan. If you stay with the same plan, any changes to coverage, benefits, or costs for the new year will begin on January 1.
Between January 1–February 14
If you’re in a Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO), you can leave your plan and switch to Original Medicare. If you switch to Original Medicare during this period, you will have until February 14 to also join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan to add drug coverage. Your coverage will begin the first day of the month after the plan gets your enrollment form.
If need have questions about what enrollment period you may qualify for please give us a call. We’re here to help. 352-508-4221