Every year from October 15 until December 7, Medicare recipients have the opportunity to review their Medicare plan choices and make decisions for new coverage beginning the first of the following year. This Annual Election Period (AEP), also known as Medicare Open Enrollment, is the only time during a given year that all Medicare beneficiaries have an opportunity to make any changes to their Medicare plans.
If you are currently enrolled in a Medicare plan, and you make no changes during Open Enrollment, you will be automatically re-enrolled in your current plan. As easy as it might be to stay with your original plan choice, if you have had a change in either your health, your use of medical or prescription drug services, or your personal finances during this past year, it might warrant taking another look at your Medicare options for 2022.
In addition to accepting Original Medicare and many Medicare Supplement plans, Atrius Health also accepts several Medicare Advantage plans. Atrius Health currently accepts Medicare Advantage plans from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and Tufts Health Plan.
Please be aware that if you enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, you must obtain your Part D coverage through that Medicare Advantage Plan. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will disenroll you from your chosen Medicare Advantage plan if you enroll in a standalone Part D drug plan.
CMS offers a tool to assist beneficiaries in comparing Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug plans. You can access this tool on the Medicare.gov website.
Each health insurance plan conducts seminars during Open Enrollment designed to inform and educate Medicare beneficiaries on their various plan options. For a listing of seminars available in your area or other ways to connect for more information, please visit the Blue Cross Blue Shield, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and Tufts Health Plan websites.
Don’t let the opportunity pass you by to choose the very best plan for your healthcare needs in the year ahead!
Updated August 2021