While early December marked the end of open enrollment — when Medicare recipients can make changes related to their Advantage Plan (Part C) and prescription drug coverage (Part D) — two separate windows opened Jan. 1 for people in certain situations.
Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period: January 1 – February 14
This is for people enrolled in an Advantage Plan for 2018 who want to switch to original Medicare (Part A hospital coverage and Part B outpatient coverage). The change takes effect the first day of the month after the request is received.
General Enrollment Period: January 1 – March 31
The second window, called the General Enrollment Period, lasts through March 31 and is for those who missed their initial enrollment period or are not eligible for year-round special enrollment. Eligibility for that option is based on special circumstances, such as moving outside of your plan’s service area. For people who use the General Enrollment Period, coverage begins July 1.