Medicare provides a General Enrollment Period (GEP) every year for people who missed signing up during their Medicare Initial Enrollment Period when they were first eligible. It’s getting a second chance for Medicare enrollment.
- You can enroll in Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B or both during this time.
- Coverage begins on July 1 of the same year.
- You may have to pay a late enrollment penalty.
- You may be eligible enroll in a Medicare Advantage (Part C) or a Prescription Drug Plan (Part D) plan April 1 – June 30 of the same year.
Healthy Tip – If you have missed your Medicare Initial Enrollment Period you could be subject to premium penalty. The Part A penalty for late enrollment is 10%. The Part A premium penalty is charged for twice the number of years you delay enrollment. If you wait 2 years, for example, you would pay the additional 10% for 4 years (2 x 2 years). The penalty applies no matter how long you delay Part A enrollment. The penalty for late enrollment in Part B is an additional 10% for each 12-month period that you delay it.
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Changing Plans After Enrolling in Medicare
Once you’re enrolled in Parts A and B, and you selected ether a Medicare Advantage or Part D Drug Plan, you will have a chance to change plans once a year during Medicare Annual Enrollment Period, Oct. 15 – Dec. 7. You may also qualify for a Medicare Special Enrollment Period (SEP). A SEP allows you to change plans outside of Medicare Open Enrollment in certain situations, such as if you move.