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Initial Enrollment Periods for Part C and Part D

Initial Enrollment Periods for Part C and Part D

If This Describes You

You Can…

At This Time…

You’re newly eligible for Medicare because you turn age 65.

Sign up for a Medicare Advantage and/or Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.

During the 7-month period that starts 3 months before the month you turn age 65, includes the month you turn age 65, and ends 3 months after the month you turn age 65.

You’re newly eligible for Medicare because you’re disabled (under age 65).

Sign up for a Medicare Advantage or Medicare Prescription Drug Plan. Your Medicare coverage begins 24 months after you get Social Security or RRB disability benefits.

Starting 21 months after you get Social Security or RRB benefits. Your chance to sign up lasts through the 27th month after you get Social Security or RRB benefits.

You’re already eligible for Medicare because of a disability, and you turn age 65.

Sign up for a Medicare ■■Advantage and/or Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.

Switch from your current ■■Medicare Advantage or Medicare Prescription Drug Plan to another plan.

Drop a Medicare Advantage ■■or Medicare Prescription Drug Plan completely.

During the 7-month period that starts 3 months before the month you turn age 65, includes the month you turn age 65, and ends 3 months after the month you turn age 65.

If you sign up for a Medicare Advantage Plan during this time, you can drop that plan at any time during the next 12 months and go back to Original Medicare.

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