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.
As a 2019 strategic priority, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is redoubling efforts to better serve older adults and people with disabilities dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare. The goal is to create a more seamless experience across the two programs while ensuring that incentives are aligned and pointed toward lower cost and better outcomes.
On April 24, CMS sent a letter to State Medicaid Directors inviting states to partner on testing innovative approaches to better serve those who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. Many of these 12 million beneficiaries have complex healthcare issues and often have socioeconomic risk factors that can lead to poor outcomes. This letter opens new ways to address those needs, align incentives, encourage marketplace innovation through the private sector, lower costs, and reduce administrative burdens.