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How do I leave a Medicare Advantage plan?

How do I leave a Medicare Advantage plan?

Generally, if you join a Medicare Advantage Plan or Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, you can only change plans from November 15 through December 31 of every year. This change will be effective January 1 of the following year. If you are also eligible for Medicaid, you can switch plans at anytime.If you are eligible for a Medicare Advantage Plan, you can also join or switch Medicare Advantage Plans from January 1 to March 31 of any year, but you can't join or drop Medicare prescription drug coverage during this time. For instance, if you are in a Medicare Advantage Plan with prescription drug coverage, you could return to the Original Medicare Plan, but you'd have to also join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan at the same time. If you have questions about whether or not you can join or switch Medicare plans, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.You can switch your plan in one of three ways:

  1. Join another plan.
  2. Write or call the plan you want to join.
  3. Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.

If you want to switch from a Medicare Advantage Plan to the Original Medicare Plan, you need to contact your current plan or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). If you want to buy a Medigap policy, simply signing up for the Medigap policy won't end your Medicare Advantage Plan coverage. You must disenroll. In some cases, you may have certain Medigap protections that give you the right to buy a Medigap policy, but in other cases, you may not be able to buy any Medigap policy. Your rights to buy a Medigap policy can vary by state. If you want to talk to someone who can help you decide what to do, call your State Health Insurance Assistance Program.Their number can be found in theHelpful Contactssection of this web site.

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