Disenrollment Period? What happens during the Medicare Disenrollment Period?
(Author's note: The Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period is no longer active. Medicare now uses the Medicare Enrollment Period which is between January 1 and March 31st of each year to allow one change including disenrollment from a Medicare Advantage Plan. However, we are keeping this article active for archival purposes).
If they switch to original Medicare during this period:
They will be subject to the deductibles and co-insurance amounts of Medicare, unless they are able to qualify for a Medicare Supplement Plan, also known as Medi-gap.
Once someone disenrolls from a Medicare Advantage HMO or PPO:
They have the opportunity to enroll in a stand-alone Prescription Drug Plan so that they will have drug coverage. The drug coverage will begin the 1st day of the month after the plan receives your enrollment form.
During the Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period, MA and MAPD members cannot:
- Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan
- Switch from one Medicare Advantage Plan to another Medicare Advantage Plan
- Switch from one PDP plan to another PDP plan.
- Join, switch, or drop a Medical Savings Account (MSA) plan
What does this mean for you? It's simple. If you are happy with your Managed Care choice, then do nothing. You will have the opportunity to make changes, if needed, during an open enrollment period.
However, if you want to leave your Medicare Managed Care plan (also known as a Medicare Advantage Plan) and would like a plan that has NO NETWORKS so that you can go to ANY doctor, in ANY state that accepts Medicare, then you can disenroll in your Medicare Advantage plan during the Disenrollment Period, and apply for a Medigap plan. Be careful though! You might not qualify for a Medicare Supplement plan.
**Before you dis-enroll, be sure to read this for some very important information.