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Medicare Open Enrollment... Are You Ready?

By editor
October 14, 2021
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Medicare Open Enrollment Starts October 15... Are You Ready?

Medicare open enrollment – also known as Medicare’s annual election period – runs from October 15 through December 7 each year. 

During this annual window, Medicare plan enrollees can reevaluate their coverage – whether it’s Original Medicare with supplemental drug coverage, or Medicare Advantage – and make changes or purchase new policies if you want to do so.

During the Medicare open enrollment period, you can:

-Switch from Original Medicare to Medicare Advantage (as long as you’re enrolled in both Medicare Part A and Part B, and you live in the Medicare Advantage plan’s service area).

-Switch from Medicare Advantage to Original Medicare (plus a Medicare Part D plan, and possibly a Medigap plan).

-Switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another.

-Switch from one Medicare Part D prescription drug plan to another.

-Enroll in a Medicare Part D plan if you didn’t enroll when you were first eligible for Medicare.

If you haven’t maintained other creditable coverage, a late-enrollment penalty may apply.

If you didn’t enroll in Medicare when you were first eligible, you cannot use the fall open enrollment period to enroll. Instead, you’ll use the Medicare general enrollment period, which runs from January 1 to March 31.

We are here to help!  A licensed Medicare representative will be on-site at Caduceus at the Packing House in Yorba Linda, along with community partners from Optum (Healthcare Partners, Monarch, and Applecare), Regal Medical Group, & Providence/St. Jude. 

The Medicare representative is offering complimentary consultations and the events are open to the public.  You do NOT have to be enrolled with one of the community partner health plans in order to receive help navigating your options! 

Medicare Annual Election Period Open House Events:

-Optum- Wed. Oct. 20, 1-3 pm & Wed. Oct. 27, 1-3 pm

-Regal Medical Group- Wed. Nov. 10, 10 am-2 pm

-Providence St. Jude- Tues. Nov 9, 10 am-2 pm & Tues. Nov. 16, 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

The address for Caduceus at the Packing House is 18200 Yorba Linda Blvd.  You can park in the parking garage or on the south side of the Packing House building.  You will also enter the building on the south side first floor main entrance and the information booths will be easily accessible and visible in the open public space on the first floor.  

Light refreshments will be served and you can enter to win raffle prizes on-site at the time of each event.  No appointments are needed, however, if you do wish to reserve a specific time for a consultation, please RSVP by email here or call 714-646-8058.  
 

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