Is open enrollment for Medicare the same as it is for the exchange?
There are a few enrollment periods associated with Medicare, some of which do overlap with open enrollment for the health insurance exchange/marketplace, but these are all considered separate events. The general enrollment period for Medicare runs from January 1st through March 31st each year. There is also an annual open enrollment period for Medicare Advantage Plans which runs from October 15th through December 7th. Last but certainly not least, many people will choose to enroll in Medicare during their initial enrollment period, which happens in the seven months surrounding one’s 65th birthday regardless of what time of year that may be. Open enrollment for exchange plans runs from November 1st through December 15th in most areas, though some states use extended enrollment periods that can stretch into the following year.
It should be noted that you cannot purchase Medicare coverage, including Medicare Advantage Plans, Medigap policies, etc. through the exchange.
I’m on Medicare. Can I purchase an individual health plan from the exchange instead?