The Annual Medicare Open Enrollment has ended, and the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period will begin Jan. 1, 2021. Medicare beneficiaries can switch from one Medicare Advantage Plan (excluding Medical Savings Accounts, cost plans and PACE) to another Medicare Advantage Plan, or to Original Medicare with or without a stand-alone prescription drug plan (Part D), during the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (MA OEP).

The MA OEP occurs each year from Jan. 1 through March 31. Medicare beneficiaries can only use this enrollment period if they have a Medicare Advantage Plan. Changes made during this period take effect the first of the month following the month of enrollment. Unlike Fall Open Enrollment, beneficiaries can only make a single change during the MA OEP.

Do you have questions? The Apprise Program can help with free, confidential and unbiased service. Call 1-800-982-4346 for more information, or to schedule a telephone appointment with an Apprise counselor.

The B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging, Inc. and the Apprise Program are looking for interested individuals to join the Apprise team. If you are looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity, call 1-800-982-4346 to learn more. You can do as much or as little as your volunteered time allows.

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