Medicare Open Enrollment Period

Medicare beneficiaries who enroll in Medicare Advantage plans sometimes find themselves stuck in a plan that they do not like.

Although the plan’s Summary of Benefits covers the specifics of how the plan works, it’s all too easy for a beneficiary to misunderstand the rules or forget to check whether a North Mississippi Health Services doctor or hospital is in the network. (NMHS is not a network provider for Humana Medicare Advantage).

When is Medicare Open Enrollment Period?

The OEP is between January 1 and March 31 and allows beneficiaries who are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan to make a one-time change. Beneficiaries can use the Medicare OEP to:
• Switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another Medicare Advantage plan
• Disenroll from a Medicare Advantage plan and return to Original Medicare, with or without a Part D drug plan.

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

Yes, during the Medicare Open Enrollment Period Humana MA members have the option of switching from one Medicare Advantage plan to another Medicare Advantage plan, or disenrolling from Humana MA and returning to Original Medicare, with or without a Part D drug plan.

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.

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.

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