Medicare Open Enrollment runs from Tuesday, Oct. 15, through Saturday, Dec. 7. During this time, individuals with health insurance through Medicare can switch their existing coverage, including making changes from:

  • One Medicare Part D (prescription drug) plan to another.
  • Original Medicare (Parts A & B) to a Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C).
  • Medicare Advantage to Original Medicare.
  • One Medicare Advantage plan to another.

Individuals who missed their original Medicare Part D enrollment period can also enroll in Part D coverage during this time, although a late enrollment penalty may apply.

Health insurance plans change premiums and benefits from one year to the next, so open enrollment is an important opportunity to review benefits and ensure that the coverage selected will continue to meet the covered individual’s needs in 2020.

One-on-one plan selection and insurance navigation support are available from the Patient Advocate Foundation at (800) 532-5274.

PHA offers general resources related to selecting Medicare coverage at or by calling 301-565-3004 x749.