Medicare Recipients Unaware of Important Deadlines

A HealthPocket survey finds that 78% of Medicare beneficiaries don’t know when open enrollment ends. Thirty-three percent said that Medicare’s annual enrollment period ends December 31; 26% said it ends December 1; 19% said it ends December 15. Only 22% answered correctly that it ends December 7.

Medicare’s annual enrollment period runs from October 15 to December 7. These dates have been in effect since the fall of 2011. During this time, Medicare enrollees can change their coverage, including moving from one Medicare Advantage or Part D prescription drug plan to another. However, this year’s Medicare annual enrollment also overlaps with the highly publicized open enrollment for the Obamacare insurance marketplaces, which begins on October 1 and ends on March 31. “With so much public attention on, seniors may be getting lost in the shuffle,” said Steve Zaleznick, executive director for Consumer Strategy and Development of HealthPocket. For more information,

Last Updated 08/10/2022

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