What is the Annual Election Period? Also called Fall Open Enrollment, the Medicare Annual Election Period is one of two important periods for individuals eligible for Medicare. Eligible individuals can: - Enroll in Medicare Advantage - Switch Medicare Advantage Plans, or - Disenroll from Medicare Advantage altogether and return to Original Medicare If you return to Original Medicare, you are eligible for supplemental coverage. When is the Annual Election Period? The Annual Election Period runs from October 15th to December 7th. Deciding on Supplemental Coverage Medicare Supplement plans, also known as Medigap plans, can take the place of a Medicare Advantage plan. Medicare Supplement plans are meant to cover healthcare costs and services that Original Medicare does not cover, including co-payments, coinsurance, and deductibles. Why a Medicare Supplement Plan Could be Right for You Healthcare providers that accept Medicare will accept Medicare Supplement plans No networks, no HMOs, no PPOs, no referrals required for doctors or specialists Generally, no co-pays when services are rendered Medicare Supplement plans are government standardized, so you can compare prices from one company to another and know coverage is the same Policies are “Guaranteed Renewable” – as long as you pay your premium, you cannot lose your coverage Your Medicare Supplement plan travels with you if you move to another city or state Few limitations and no “hidden” costs related to co-pays and/or deductibles Remember that with MACRA , certain plans are no longer available for those eligible for Medicare ON or AFTER January 1, 2020. For information on the products ManhattanLife offers, visit Medicare Supplement Plans for seniors .