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The Initial Enrollment Period is a limited window of time when you can enroll in Original Medicare (Part A and/or Part B) when you are first eligible. After you are enrolled in Medicare Parts A or B, you can select other coverage options like a Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D) plan from approved private insurers. After this period has ended, you can add or change your coverage during the Open Enrollment Period. When you are first eligible, your Initial Enrollment Period for Medicare Part A and Part B lasts seven months and starts when you qualify for Medicare, either based on your age or an eligible disability. Individuals Aged 65 or Older. Your Initial Enrollment Period is based on the month in which you turn 65. It begins three months before your birth month and extends until three months after your birth month. Example: If you are born on June 18, 1952, your Initial Enrollment Period is from March 1, 2017 until September 30, 2017. Individuals Aged Under 65 with an Eligible Disability. Your Initial Enrollment Period is based on when you began receiving Social Security or Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) disability benefits.

It begins the 22nd month after you began receiving benefits and continues until the 28thmonth after you began receiving benefits.

Example: If you are began receiving disability benefits in January 2015, your Initial Enrollment Period is from November 1, 2016 until May 31, 2017.

You must be entitled to Part A or enrolled in Part B, and you must live in the designated geography of the plan you want to enroll in before joining a Medicare Part D plan.

Contact your local Blue Cross Blue Shield company for help choosing a Medicare Part D plan and getting enrolled. October 15 through December 7.

Open Enrollment runs from October 15 through December 7 and it provides an annual opportunity for Medicare-eligible consumers to review and make changes to their Medicare coverage.

This includes the opportunity to select or make changes to Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D).

No More Surprise Bills

However, if you elect to receive Part D coverage after your Initial Enrollment Period window closes, a late enrollment penalty may be added to your premium.

Download the Medicare Advantage (Part C) and Prescription Drug Plans (Part D) guide to find the coverage options offered by your local Blue Cross Blue Shield company.


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