Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (MAOEP)

This period takes place from January 1 through March 31 annually. It allows individuals enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan to make a one-time election to go to either another Medicare Advantage plan with or without prescription drug coverage or Original Medicare. You’ll also be able to enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan.

In either case, your new coverage will start on the first day of the month following the month you make a change.

During this time you can: 

  1. You can disenroll from a Medicare Advantage Plan; you will be returning to Original Medicare, meaning that you will go back to your Original Part A and B of Medicare. At this time, you will be able to purchase a Medicare Supplement Plan and/or a Prescription Drug Plan.
  2. You can change from one Medicare Advantage Plan (with or without drug coverage) to another Medicare Advantage Plan (with or without drug coverage). During this time, you can only make this change once.


Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (MAOEP) is different from the Open Enrollment Period, which runs from October 15th through December 7th. During MAOEP, you cannot get a Prescription Drug Plan unless you are disenrolling from a Medicare Advantage Plan. Remember, at any time of the year; you can change from one Medicare Supplement Plan to another (there may be underwriting questions). MAOEP is also different from the Initial Coverage Election Period; this is the period when you first become Medicare Eligible (there are no underwriting questions for a Medicare Supplement Plan during this period). 

If you have any questions, call us at 844-437-4253 and our Senior Benefits Coordinator can help you!

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