Medicare Open Enrollment Period

The Medicare Open Enrollment Period, often called the Annual Election Period (AEP), is the time when individuals can change their Medicare Advantage and/or Medicare Part D plans. The Medicare Open Enrollment Period is Oct. 15-Dec. 7. This is also the time to switch from Medicare Advantage back to original Medicare (or vice versa). Coverage begins Jan. 1, 2020.

During the Open Enrollment Period, members can return to the traditional Medicare coverage and then choose from a variety of Medicare Supplement plans. Please note that North Mississippi Health Services is out of network for Humana Medicare Advantage.

Online Resources

Information about Medicare is available at www.medicare.gov or 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY 1-877-486-2048).

The Mississippi Insurance Department (MID), under the direction of Mike Chaney, Commissioner of Insurance, offers several online resources:

MID Medicare Supplement Shopper’s Guide provides key contact information for assistance and listing of companies selling Medicare Supplemental Plans in Mississippi.

Mississippi State Health Insurance Assistance Program assists with information about buying a Medicare Supplement (Medigap) policy and aids in selecting a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan.

Area Agencies on Aging provides a detailed listing of the various Area Agencies on Aging in Mississippi, including counties served, local contact, local and toll-free telephone numbers and websites.

What resources should an enrollee use during Medicare Enrollment Process?

  • Talk to a local insurance agent of your choice about the 2019 Medicare Annual Election Period.
  • Take advantage of online resources to become aware of all options available to you during the Medicare Annual Election Period.
  • Ask questions to determine which plans give you the coverage you need and research to see which providers and facilities are included.
  • Visit www.cms.gov to compare benefits.

What Medicare Supplement options are accepted by NMHS?

North Mississippi Health Services accepts a long list of Medicare Supplement plans; examples of Medicare Supplement plans that are available in Mississippi can be located on the Mississippi Department of Insurance website. Please note that NMHS does not accept Humana Medicare Advantage and is considered out-of-network for this product.

Can Humana Medicare Advantage members change their plan to another policy accepted by NMHS?

Yes, during the Medicare Open Enrollment Period, members can return to the traditional Medicare coverage and then choose from a variety of Medicare Supplement plans.

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