Senior man pays for prescription drugs at pharmacy

Can I Change My Medicare Advantage Plan Now?

You can change your Medicare Advantage Plan now – from January 1 to March 31. Otherwise, you will need special circumstances to qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP). If you do not qualify for SEP and it’s past March 31, you will need to wait until the Annual Election Period from October 15 to December 7.

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Why change your Medicare Advantage (MA) plan?

Senior couple visits doctor
Get an MA Plan with your doctors and medications.

3 Reasons to Change Your Medicare Advantage Plan

Top 3 reasons why seniors change their Medicare Advantage (MA) Plan:

MA Plan Costs

You may be overpaying because your doctors or prescription drugs are out-of-network. Furthermore, your out-of-pocket limits may also be too high. For example, you have a zero or low monthly premium, but your copayments and other out-of-pocket expenses are too much. 

You can now change your MA Plan with a higher monthly premium and a lower annual out-of-pocket limit. As a result, you will spend less per year. Your costs are also related to your coverage.

MA Plan Coverage

If you have a Medicare HMO plan and your doctor is out-of-network, your MA plan does not cover these doctor bills. However, Medicare PPO plans do cover doctors out-of-network at higher costs. To avoid the expense of out-of-network doctors, make sure your doctor is in-network.

For better coverage, you may want to change your MA plan now from HMO to PPO. Drug coverage is another reason to change your MA Plan.

MA Drug Plan Coverage

Some MA Plans have no drug coverage, while other MA plans include drug coverage. If your MA Plan does not include drug coverage, you can change your Medicare Advantage plan now.

Furthermore, your MA Plan with drug coverage may not include all your prescriptions. In this case, we recommend you change your MA plan now, so all your prescription medications are covered.

Senior man pays for prescription drugs at pharmacy

Thank you for reading this article. We publish new articles every week. Share your email and choose the Medicare topics you what to read, and we will send you new articles.

Medicare Reader Survey - senior couple reads article on ipad