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|What are the Annual Enrollment Period dates?|
|The Annual Enrollment Period for a Medicare Part D plan (also called the Annual Coordinated Election Period or Annual Election Period or AEP) is the same every year and begins on October 15th and continues for seven (7) weeks until December 7th.|
If you enroll during the AEP, coverage for a new Medicare prescription drug plan always begins on January 1st.
If you enroll in a new Medicare Part D prescription drug plan on October 15th (the first day of the AEP), your new Medicare Part D prescription drug plan coverage begins on January 1st.
If you wish to consider enrolling in a Medicare Advantage plan (like an HMO, PPO, HMO POS, or PFFS Plan) that also has prescription coverage (MA-PD) or a Medicare Advantage plan without prescription coverage (MA), the same autumn Annual Election Period applies.
There are also Special Enrollment Periods throughout the year granted to people in certain situations such as, people moving to another Part D plan region, or people moving into a nursing facility, or people qualifying for financial extra help, etc.. (here is a link to more Special Enrollment Periods - http://www.q1medicare.com/q1group/Blog.php?blog_id=74&category_id=3)
If you are granted a Special Enrollment Period and enroll outside of the Annual Coordinated Election Period, your Part D plan will start (or have an effective date) on the first day of the next month after enrolling.
You move from Florida to North Carolina in June. You will be granted a Special Enrollment Period to join a new Part D plan that is available in your new residence state of North Carolina. If you enroll in a new Part D prescription drug plan in June, your coverage begins on July 1st.