Office for the Aging


Medicare Open Enrollment Period Begins October 15

Every year you have the opportunity to review your Medicare coverage choices and pick the options that will work best for you the following year.

The Medicare annual election period, also known as the Medicare open enrollment period, starts on October 15 and ends December 7. During this time you can:

  • Choose coverage with original Medicare;
  • Join or switch a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (Part D);
  • Join or switch a Medicare Advantage Plan or other Medicare health plan; or
  • Join a Part D plan, if needed.

You have a full 7 weeks to compare and make decisions. Coverage will become effective January 1, 2019.

If you have questions or need assistance with choosing a Medicare plan that is right for you, contact 1-800-MEDICARE or your local Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP) at 1-800-701-0501.