Medicare Enrollment Period is Changing in 2011The Open Enrollment Period — or Annual Enrollment Period — will begin on October 15, 2011, and end on December 7, 2011, for Medicare Advantage and Part D plan enrollments for 2012. For the past few years the enrollment period has been from November 15th to December 31st. As a Medicare Colorado agent, I’m doing what I can to get the word out about the change. I imagine we will be bombarded with public service announcements and commercials announcing the change, as well, during the enrollment. Of course, there will be a few people who will not hear about the change and be “stuck” in their current plan. So if you’re reading this, do your part to link to this post and tell friends and family of the change. The change in the enrollment period will create less confusion as January 1st approaches. Most Medicare members who enroll in a plan will have their cards prior to the new year. Also, if there are any enrollment “glitches,” this will allow more time to fix any problems. And from a completely selfish point of view, I actually get to spend the holidays with my family!!
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