Every year, Medicare provides two enrollment periods that run from Jan. 1 through March 31. During the General Enrollment Period, individuals can apply for Medicare if they missed their Initial Enrollment Period (IEP) or don’t qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. Coverage begins July 1 of that year. If you missed your IEP when you turned 65, you may incur late enrollment penalties that will increase your premiums.
Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period (OEP) occurs every Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. Beneficiaries may enroll in, switch to or disenroll from Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage (MA) or Part D prescription (PDP) drug coverage. Changes made during OEP take effect on Jan. 1 of the following year.
In the current issue
- A Retirement Dress Rehearsal Can Ease Emotional & Financial Concerns
- Save Yourself From Sympathy Scams
- A Recipe for Conflict
- Your Estate Plan: What NOT to Do
- Get Help Paying Health & Prescription Costs
- Purpose Pals: A Kūpuna-Youth Connection
- Annual Wellness Visits to Stay Healthy
- Workers & Social Security
- Medicare: Increased Benefits for Veterans
- Help & Hope for Parkinson’s Patients
- How to Wear a Mask With Hearing Aids
- Bad Breath: Is It Poor Oral Hygiene?
- Care Lessons Learned from COVID-19
- Home Cleaning Help for the Elderly
- Long-Term Care Cost Financing Options
- To Place or Not to Place, That is the Question
- Chinese American Culture, Identity, Home
- Ching Ming Festival Honors Ancestors
- How to Be a Positive Communicator
- Kapu Breakers Help During Pandemic
- Senior Pickleball is Exploding!
- Defying the Silver Tsunami Stereotype
- Silver Lining of a COVID Cloud
- New Rules for the New Game of WORK
- Morning Habits Bring All-Day Joy
- Nine Coping Skills For Managing Stress
- Hawai‘i’s COVID-19 Vaccination Information
- Rotarians Hold First-Time Virtual RYLA Camp
- Declutter Your Home for a Move or to Age in Place Safely
- Virtually No Boundaries For Auntie Carolee