By Marlo Sollitto, AgingCare.com contributing editor
An important Medicare deadline is approaching for seniors: The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period will begin October 15, 2011 and end December 7, 2011. This is a change from years past when the Annual Enrollment Period began November 15 and ended December 31. If you need to enroll in a Medicare Advantage or prescription drug, change an existing plan, move to a new one or dis-enroll now is the time to take action.
The Open Enrollment Period which ran from January 1 through March 31 was eliminated for 2011 plans and is no longer available.
These date changes are bound to catch many people off guard. Be proactive and compare plans as soon as possible.
Steve Zaleznick, Senior Medicare Adviser of PlanPrescriber, a website that provides free comparison tools and educational materials for Medicare-related insurance, told AgingCare.com the challenge for Medicare beneficiaries and their advisors is to make a plan selection that fits their needs and is sufficiently flexible to cover any unknowns the upcoming year might bring.
How to Pick the Right Medicare Advantage Plan originally appeared on AgingCare.com