Open enrollment is the yearly period when people can enroll in a health insurance plan, re-enroll in their existing plan, or make changes to their plan. The open enrollment period for Medicare and Covered California is right around the corner. Don’t miss this opportunity to ensure your coverage for the upcoming year.
Medicare: During open enrollment, patients can sign up for or make changes to their existing Medicare supplement and/or a Medicare part D prescription plans.
Open enrollment for Medicare starts on October 15, 2017 and goes until December 7, 2017. Any new plans added or changes to existing plans made during open enrollment will begin on January 1, 2018.
Medical insurance companies are generally allowed to use medical underwriting to decide whether to accept your application and how much to charge you for a Medigap policy. However, even if you have health problems, during your Medigap open enrollment period you can buy any policy the company sells for the same price as people with good health. Go to Medicare.gov to sign up.
Covered California: During open enrollment, patients can sign up for or make changes to their existing insurance plans purchased through the Healthcare.gov Marketplace.
Open enrollment for Covered California starts on November 1, 2017 and ends January 31, 2018. If you don’t enroll in a 2018 plan by January 31, 2018, you can’t enroll in a health insurance plan for 2018 unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Exception.
Medi-Cal enrollment is year-round, but you must be financially eligible to qualify for Medi-Cal.