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Important Dates to Remember

When Can I Join a Prescription Drug Plan?

(1) If you currently have Medicare Hospital or Medicare Medical Insurance (Parts A and/or B), you can enroll or re-enroll in a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) or Medicare Advantage Plan with Prescription Coverage (MA.PD) starting on October 15 through December 7 of each year.

This tIme period is called the Annual Coordinated Election Period and your newly chosen Medicare Part D plan begins on January 1of the following year.

So, for the 2015 Medicare Part D Plans, you can enroll between October 15 2014 and December 7, 2014. Your 2015 Plan will begin January 1, 2015. For the 2016 Plans, you can enroll between October 15, 2015 and December 7, 2015.See below for more plan year specific dates

(2) If you turn 65 or become eligible for Medicare outside of the Annual Coordinated Election Period, you have a seven (7) month window in which to enroll in the current year's plan (2015) and avoid any possible penalties:
- the three (3) months before the month of your eligibility (for instance, your Birthday month)
- the month of your eligibility (e.g. the month you turn 65)
- and, the three (3) months after the month you become eligible for Medicare (again, three months after your Birthday month).

Your coverage will begin either on the first day of your Birthday month or, when you join during or after your Birthday month, on the first day of the month after the month in which you join.

TIP Please note, to ensure the smoothest possible transition into your new Medicare Part D plan, try to enroll before the middle of the month - this allows time for the processing of your enrollment application.


:: General Medicare Part D Dates
:: 2015 Medicare Part D Dates
:: 2016 Medicare Part D Dates


General Medicare Part D Dates

  • October 1 of each year - Medicare Part D Prescription Drug plan Marketing Activities can begin for the next year's plan- At this time you will be able to once again gather information and evaluate the various Part D plan alternatives.
  • Please note, no enrollments may be accepted before October 15th for plans starting in the new year (ex: On October 1, 2015, we will begin showing plan information for the plans that will become effective January 1, 2016). The only enrollments that can be accepted before October 15th are those for people turning 65 (who want to enroll in a current year plan) or for Medicaid recipients wanting to change their current year plan.
  • October 15 to December 7 of each year - Starting for plan year 2013, the Annual Coordinated Election Period has been moved up - Here is your chance to join a Medicare Part D plan for the new plan year (however your plan will not take effect until January 1st of the new year ). If you already have a Medicare Part D plan, this is your time to look back over year and make another decision for your coverage for next year. Should you stay with your existing coverage or make a change? Here is your opportunity to decide. If you make no decision, you will remain in the same plan as you elected this year. There is no enrollment required to renew your present coverage. (If you do not enroll during this period, your next chance for coverage is January of the year after next.)
  • January 1 of each year - Your new Medicare Part D plan becomes effective and you will be able to begin using your Part D benefits (your old plan will automatically be discontinued).
  • January 1 to February 14 of each year - The Dis-enrollment Period takes effect. Members of Medicare Advantage plans have an opportunity to return to Original Medicare and a Stand-alone Medicare Part D plan. The Open Enrollment Period of prior years (Jan 1st - Mar 31) has been discontinued.
  • January 1 to December 31 of each year - Persons turning 65 can enroll in the current year Medicare Part D Plan. Medicaid recipients can enroll or change their enrollment in a current year Part D Prescription Drug plan.
See below for examples

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2015 Medicare Part D Dates

  • October 1, 2014 - Medicare Part D Prescription Drug plan Marketing Activities can begin for the 2015 Part D plans - At this time you will be able to once again gather information and evaluate the various Part D plan alternatives.
  • Please note, no enrollments may be accepted before October 15, 2014 for 2015 plans.
  • October 15 to December 7, 2014 - Annual Coordinated Election Period - Here is your chance to join a Medicare Part D plan for the 2015 plan year (however your plan will not take effect until January 1, 2015 ). If you already have a Medicare Part D plan, this is your time to look back over 2014 and make an enrollment decision for your coverage for 2015. Should you stay with your existing coverage or make a change? If you make no decision, you will remain in the same plan as you elected in 2014. There is no enrollment required to renew your present coverage. If you do not enroll during this period, your next chance for coverage is January 2016.
  • January 1, 2015 - Your new Medicare Part D plan becomes effective and you will be able to begin using your Part D benefits (your old plan will automatically be discontinued).
  • January 1 to February 14, 2015 - Members of Medicare Advantage Plans may Dis-enroll from their Medicare Advantage Plan returning to Original Medicare and select a stand-alone Medicare Part D plan.
  • January 1 to December 31, 2015 - Persons turning 65 can enroll in a 2015 Medicare Part D Plan. Medicaid recipients can enroll or change their enrollment in a 2015 Medicare Part D Plan.

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2016 Medicare Part D Dates

  • October 1, 2015 - Medicare Part D Prescription Drug plan Marketing Activities can begin for the 2016 Part D plans - At this time you will be able to once again gather information and evaluate the various Part D plan alternatives.
  • Please note, no enrollments may be accepted before October 15, 2015 for 2016 plans.
  • October 15 to December 7, 2015 - Annual Coordinated Election Period - Here is your chance to join a Medicare Part D plan for the 2016 plan year (however your plan will not take effect until January 1, 2016 ). If you already have a Medicare Part D plan, this is your time to look back over 2015 and make an enrollment decision for your coverage for 2016. Should you stay with your existing coverage or make a change? If you make no decision, you will remain in the same plan as you elected in 2015. There is no enrollment required to renew your present coverage. (If you do not enroll during this period, your next chance for coverage is January 2017.)
  • January 1, 2016 - Your new Medicare Part D plan becomes effective and you will be able to begin using your Part D benefits (your old plan will automatically be discontinued).
  • January 1 to February 14, 2016 - Members of Medicare Advantage Plans may Dis-enroll from their Medicare Advantage Plan returning to Original Medicare and select a stand-alone Medicare Part D plan.
  • January 1 to December 31, 2016 - Persons turning 65 can enroll in a 2016 Medicare Part D Plan. Medicaid recipients can enroll or change their enrollment in a 2016 Medicare Part D Plan.

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Last updated on: 10/23/2013

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