Once you enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan during the Medicare Initial Enrollment Period (IEP), you may only change during certain times of the year, including the Annual Enrollment Period Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 of each year.
During the January 1 – February 14 disenrollment period, if you are in a Medicare Advantage plan, you may switch back to Original Medicare and join a Prescription Drug Plan (Part D), with coverage starting the first day of the month following receipt of the enrollment request.
During this window of time, you may NOT:
- Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan
- Change MA plans
- Change PDPs
- Enroll in, change or leave a Medicare MSA plan
Similarly, MA plan providers can change plan services and payment levels once a year – or pull out of the Medicare program altogether. You can often get prescription drug coverage through a Medicare Advantage plan. However, a member in a Medicare Advantage HMO or PPO who joins a separate drug plan will be disenrolled from the MA plan and go back to Original Medicare.
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