MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT DATES
OCTOBER 15, 2018 to DECEMBER 7, 2018
3 things to know
1. Your new card will automatically come to you. You don’t need to do anything as long as your address is up to date. If you need to update your address, visit your My Social Security account.- Opens in a new tab
2. Once you get your new Medicare card, destroy your old Medicare card and start using your new card right away.
3. Your new Medicare Number is a unique combination of numbers and letters. Your new number uses numbers 0 thru 9. The letters S, L, O, I, B, and Z are never used.
Watch out for scams
Medicare will never call you uninvited and ask you to give us personal or private information to get your new Medicare Number and card.
Scam artists may try to get personal information (like your current Medicare Number) by contacting you about your new card.
If someone asks you for your information, for money, or threatens to cancel your health benefits if you don’t share your personal information, hang up and call us at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).
Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans, or “Medigap” Plans
If you have Original Medicare (Parts A and B), a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans can fill the “gaps” left in your coverage, including deductibles, co-payments and uncovered services.
Medicare Part B has a monthly premium. For an additional low monthly premium, which you’ll pay to a private insurer, a Medigap plan can help you avoid unpleasant financial surprises. Policies cover individuals only (no family coverage), so you and your spouse will need separate policies.
Medigap Plans: After January 2020, zero-deductible Medigap plans will no longer be available. Anyone new to Medicare program on January 2020, or later cannot purchase Medigap Plans F, C or high – deductible F.
Medicare Advantage plans (also called “Part C”) take the place of Original Medicare. Written by private insurance companies, they include all the benefits of Medicare Parts A and B, and often include other coverage, such as Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D), sometimes for an extra cost.
If you have a Medicare Advantage plan, you do not need (and cannot use) a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans.
LAST UPDATE: 29th June'18 at 6:03pm