When can I apply for Medicare or switch my Medicare plan?
If you are eligible for Medicare, you can apply for Medicare or switch plans during the Annual Enrollment Period. In 2012, the Annual Enrollment Period is October 15 - December 7, 2012.
- For example: You can switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan (like Healthfirst 65 Plus HMO Plan) any time between October 15 - December 7, 2012. Your new plan coverage will be effective on January 1, 2013.