Medicare Annual Enrollment Period October 15 – December 7
Fall is the time for Medicare beneficiaries to explore their options regarding traditional Medicare, Part D prescription drug plans and Part C Medicare Advantage plans. The Annual Coordinated Election Period (ACEP) starts on October 15th and ends on December 7th. This means that Medicare beneficiaries have to analyze their options and make choices by December 7, 2015.
During the ACEP, often referred to as "open enrollment," Medicare beneficiaries can return to traditional Medicare from a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan. Those who do not have a Part D plan can enroll in one, and those who do have Part D coverage can change plans. Beneficiaries can also enroll in an MA plan, or change MA plans. Enrollment requests made during the ACEP will have an effective date of January 1 of the following year