Coming Soon: The Medicare General Enrollment Period
As Medicare Open Enrollment ends on December 7, remember that if a person who qualifies for Medicare didn’t sign up for Part B (or premium Part A) during his or her Initial Enrollment Period (IEP), he or she can enroll during the General Enrollment Period (GEP). The GEP is from January 1 through March 31 each year, with coverage starting on July 1. Visit Medicare.gov for more information on enrollment periods, or watch this Understanding Medicare Enrollment Periods video.
From January 1st through February 14th, a person with a Medicare Advantage (Part C) Plan can choose to go back to Original Medicare (Part A and Part B). He or she may also be eligible to get a Medicare Prescription Drug (Part D) Plan. Visit Medicare.gov for more information about the Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period.
Monthly Learning Series Webinar
December 14, 2017 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm ET
This webinar will provide an overview of Medicare and the Health Insurance Marketplaceincluding:
- Medicare Eligibility and Enrollment
- Medicare and Marketplace Considerations
- Medicare and Eligibility for Advanced Premium Tax Credits (APTC)
- Medicare Periodic Data Matching (PDM)
- Helpful Resources
Register for the webinar.
New / Updated CMS Publications
Newly Posted Training Materials
Medicare 101 (Spanish version)
Medicare Open Enrollment Period: Review, Compare, Enroll (Revised November 2017)
Did You Know?
December 1st was World AIDS Day. Federal law prevents Americans from being dropped or denied coverage because of a pre-existing health condition, like HIV ((Human Immunodeficiency Virus). Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers HIV screenings.
National Influenza Vaccination Week is being observed December 3-9. Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) normally covers one flu shot per flu season in the fall or winter. Watch these Medicare & You YouTube videos about vaccines and flu prevention.
December 8th marks the anniversary of the legislation that created Part D (Prescription Drug Coverage). Visit the Training Module 9 for materials to train and educate partners and consumers on Part D coverage.