Medicare Open Enrollment for 2021 is Underway!

October 22, 2020

Dear Neighbor,

The Medicare Open Enrollment 2020 season began last week on Thursday, October 15, 2020 and ends Monday, December 7, 2020. Medicare health and drug plan providers can make changes annually on matters like cost, coverage, and what pharmacies are in network. During the open enrollment season, all Medicare customers can change their health plans and prescription drug coverage for the following year to better meet their needs. 

If you’re over 65 (or turning 65 in the next 3 months) and not already getting benefits from Social Security, you need to sign up to get Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medical Insurance). You won’t get Medicare automatically. 

Medicare beneficiaries can use the Medicare Plan Finder to review their coverage choices and decide on the options that best fit their health needs for 2021. 

The Medicare Plan Finder makes it easier for beneficiaries to:

• Compare pricing between Original Medicare, Medicare prescription drug plans, Medicare Advantage plans, and Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) policies;
• Compare coverage options on their smartphones and tablets;
• Get plan costs and benefits, including which Medicare Advantage plans offer extra benefits; and
• Build a personal drug list that is more accurate and find Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage that best meets their needs.

The Plan Finder is just one of several resources available to support Medicare beneficiaries with decisions about their coverage options. 

Information on coverage options is also available through 1-800-MEDICARE, the State Health Insurance Assistance Program, the Medicare & You handbook, or consultations with a trusted agent or broker. 

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my District Office staff at 301-354-1000. 

All Best,


Dates to Remember

October 15th – December 7th - Medicare Open Enrollment

Within this time period Medicare recipients can change their Medicare health or prescription drug plans. Click here to learn more.

November 1 – December 15th - Maryland Health Connection Open Enrollment 

Within this time period you can enroll in a health plan or renew or change your current exchange plan. Click here to learn more. 

Now – December 15th - Maryland Health Connection Emergency Open Enrollment for Uninsured Marylanders 

Due to the ongoing public health emergency caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), there is a special open enrollment period for uninsured Marylanders until December 15, 2020. Click here to learn more. 

November 9th – December 14th - Federal Employee Health Benefits Open Season  

If you are a federal government employee and would like to enroll or re-enroll in a federal employee health benefits plan you may do so within this period. Click here to learn more.

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