How to switch from Original Medicare to Medicare Advantage

Enrollment in Medicare Advantage has nearly doubled in the last decade.1

One reason? Premiums as low as $0 for plans that may include coverage for prescription drugs and dental, vision and hearing care—all forms of coverage that are not provided by Original Medicare.

Changing to a Humana Medicare Advantage plan is easy when you enroll with Humana.

If you’re thinking about switching, here’s what you need to know:

Annual Election Period – October 15 through December 7

During this time, you can:

  • Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan
  • Change from a Medicare Advantage plan back to Original Medicare
  • Switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another Medicare Advantage plan

After enrolling or switching to a new plan, your coverage will start on January 1.

Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period – January 1 through March 31

During this time, you can:

  • Switch from a Medicare Advantage plan without drug coverage to a Medicare Advantage plan with drug coverage
  • Switch from a Medicare Advantage plan with drug coverage to a Medicare Advantage plan without drug coverage
  • Switch from your Medicare Advantage plan and return to Original Medicare, with the option to join a stand-alone Medicare prescription drug plan

If you enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan when you first became eligible for Medicare (your Initial Coverage Election Period), you can change to another Medicare Advantage plan or go back to Original Medicare within the first 3 months after you enrolled.

Source

  1. Gretchen Jacobson et al., “A Dozen Facts about Medicare Advantage,” Henry J Kaiser Family Foundation, last accessed June 27, 2019, kff.org/medicare/issue-brief/a-dozen-facts-about-medicare-advantage/, opens new window.

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