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Here’s Your Guide to Navigating Medicare’s AEP

Posted by Melissa Hanes
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Here’s Your Guide to Navigating Medicare’s AEP

The Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP) has begun, and as always, will run from October 15th to December 7th. This pivotal period offers you a window of time to review and adjust your healthcare coverage, helping to ensure that you have an optimal plan for the upcoming year. During this period, you can take advantage of the following opportunities…


Embrace Medicare Advantage (Part C) Plans

The Annual Election Period is the opportune moment to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, commonly known as Medicare Part C. These plans provide a coordinated care often merging coverage from both Medicare Part A and Part B.  Additionally, they may include prescription drug coverage (Part D).


Navigate Between Medicare Advantage Plans

For those already enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan but contemplating a change, the AEP is the perfect time for such transitions. You can smoothly transition to a different Medicare Advantage plan that aligns better with your healthcare requirements and preferences, such as your network of covered providers or a different prescription drug coverage formulary.


Enroll in Prescription Drug Plans (Part D)

The AEP extends the opportunity to enroll in a standalone Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (Part D) if you’re not currently covered. These plans play a pivotal role in managing healthcare costs by providing coverage for prescription medications. If you are currently on Original Medicare or an Advantage plan without Part D coverage, considering enrollment in one of these plans is advisable.


Tweak or Alter Your Prescription Drug Plan

For those already enrolled in a Part D plan but find it no longer aligns with their needs, or wish to switch to a different plan, the Annual Election Period grants the flexibility to make such adjustments.


Revert to Original Medicare

If you’re currently enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan and wish to return to Original Medicare (Part A and Part B), the Annual Election Period allows for a seamless transition. Moreover, this is the apt moment to enroll in a Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) plan to bridge the coverage gaps left by Original Medicare.


Take this opportunity now, through December 7th, and seize the chance to explore your Medicare options for 2024. If you seek guidance or have inquiries regarding Medicare enrollment, call us to consult with one of our licensed insurance agents. Remember, help with your Medicare options is always free, so take advantage of this chance to seek assistance.

Melissa Hanes //

I was born in Oklahoma and raised in Neosho, MO. My husband (Derek) and I have 6 children and 6 sweet grandchildren who we adore. It wasn’t until 2009 when I moved back to Oklahoma that I started my insurance career and developed a passion for educating seniors on their rights and options regarding Medicare. Over the last decade I’ve been helping this under served population by empowering them to make the best insurance decisions for their individual healthcare needs.

In 2019 I resigned my position as Sales Manager for one of the nation’s largest Medicare insurance carriers to join the amazing team at OKMedicareHelp. I provided support, training and mentorship to hundreds of independent insurance agents around the state of Oklahoma and gave them the tools they needed to make the right impact for Medicare beneficiaries. The experience I gained in my previous role gave me a unique look at how to help navigate the complexities of Medicare for both Medicare beneficiaries and agents alike.

I pride myself on operating with the highest integrity and having a heart to serve our local senior community. I would be honored to help you navigate the complexities of Medicare and be of service for all your insurance needs.

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