Medicare Special Enrollment Period has been extended!
Your Medicare plan should fit your needs and work with you on your whole-person wellness journey! Have you been thinking about finding a plan that’s better for you? You’re in luck! You don’t have to wait until the Annual Enrollment Period in October. Due to the winter weather emergency in February, you have a NEW opportunity to make the changes that you need to your Medicare plan. Find out more below.
What is the special election period?
The special election period gives you extra time to make decisions on your healthcare! This is time outside of the Annual Enrollment Period (October 15 – December 7) or your Initial Enrollment Period (when you turn 65 and age into Medicare) where you get the chance to choose the best plan for you. This extended special enrollment period gives you the option to change plans until two weeks before the Annual Enrollment Period.
What are the extended dates of the special election period?
This special election period has been extended until September 30, 2021!
If you have been thinking about switching to a new plan, you can do that during this special period. If you don’t like it, you can enroll in another plan starting October 15! This is a great way to try out a new plan you’ve been thinking about!
Do I qualify for the special enrollment period?
This extension applies to everyone in Texas! To qualify for this special election period, you have to:
- Live in the area affected by the disaster declaration (every county in Texas is covered by this declaration)
- Be on a Medicare Advantage plan or have a supplement plan and want to change plans
- Haven’t changed your plan during that election period
Do I have to prove that I was affected?
You don’t have to prove that you were affected by the disaster! However, if your plan asks for proof and you can provide evidence that you live in the affected area (a driver’s license, utility bill, etc.), it may help!
When does my election go into effect?
Your new plan goes into effect the first day of the following month.
Learn more about Medicare and what plans your primary care physician accepts here.