New Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period coming in 2019

The New Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (OEP) coming in 2019. It will replace the Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period (MADP) that started January 1st and continued through February 14th.

New Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period

The New Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (OEP) will allow people enrolled in an MA or MAPD plan to make a one-time election to go to another Medicare Advantage plan, or to leave their Medicare Advantage plan, join a stand-alone Medicare Part D plan, and return to Original Medicare Part A and Part B. It will run January 1st – March 31st.

People enrolled in an MAPD plan may use the OEP to switch to: (1) another MAPD plan; (2) an MA-only plan; or (3) Original Medicare with or without a PDP.  People enrolled in an MA-only plan may switch to:  (1) another MA-only plan; (2) an MAPD plan; or (3) Original Medicare with or without a PDP.

Like the disenrollment period, members can only enroll into a new Part D plan if they have disenrolled from an Medicare Advantage Plan.  This enrollment period does not allow for Part D changes for individuals enrolled in Original Medicare, including those with enrollment in stand-alone PDPs.

People who are using OEP to return to Original Medicare will be entitled to purchase a Medicare Supplement Plan if they choose, but this is not Guaranteed Issue business.

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