When is the Medicare Part D `Open Enrollment’?

‘Open enrollment’ is a term often used to describe Medicare’s Annual Election Period (AEP), which is the enrollment period that begins October 15 and ends December 7 each year. AEP or ‘open enrollment’ allows people with Medicare to change their Medicare plan or type of coverage based on the upcoming year’s plan information that is made available beginning October 1.

Changes and elections made during ‘open enrollment’ take effect on January 1st of the following year. For example, the Medicare elections you make during the ‘open enrollment’ taking place between October 15 and December 7 of 2016 will take effect on January 1 of 2017.

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