The annual Medicare fall open enrollment period, also known as the annual election period, is a time when people with Medicare can choose or alter their Medicare coverage. It runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 of each year.
Finding the right Medicare plan to fit your needs, reviewing deductibles and understanding the prescription drug coverage gap, or “donut hole,” can be confusing when you don’t know where to look for information.
According to Paula Muschler, operations manager for Allsup, a private company that advises Medicare beneficiaries on their coverage options, the Affordable Care Act launched in 2014 has created confusion for enrollees. Medicare beneficiaries, she says, often ask about Obamacare (another name for the Affordable Care Act) and want to know: “How does this affect me?”