Medicare Insurance Plans

Important Changes to Medicare in 2021

Expanded
Telehealth Services

Medicare rule changes for 2021 will allow Medicare Advantage Plans to provide telehealth services enabling doctors and other healthcare professionals to provide care and treatment to seniors using video conferencing.

Practice areas that can provide these services include:

Primary Care
Psychiatry
Physical Therapy
Gynecology
Ophthalmology
Endocrinology

Expansion of Special
Supplemental Benefits

Medicare Advantage Plans can now offer special supplemental benefits to the chronically ill having a reasonable expectation of improving or maintaining the health, which include:

In-home Personal Care
Non-medical Transportation
Pest Control
Meal Deliveries
Health and Fitness Devices

Medicare Advantage for
End Stage Renal Disease

Eligible Medicare beneficiaries with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) can now enroll in Medicare Advantage plans.

Key Dates for Medicare
2021 Plan Year

Annual Enrollment Period (AEP)

Oct 15, 2020 to Dec 7, 2020

You can switch from Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan
You can sign-up or modify your Prescription Drug Plan (Medicare Part D)

Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (OEP)

Jan 1, 2021 to Mar 31, 2021

If you are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan:

You can change to another Medicare Advantage Plan.
You can go back to Medicare, with or without a Prescription Drug Plan (Medicare Part D).

5-Star Special Enrollment Period (SEP)

Dec 8, 2020 to Nov 30, 2021

Each year, Medicare rates Medicare Advantage Plans and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans based on customer surveys and the overall quality of care provided by the plans to their enrollees. A select few of these plans get the highest rating of 5 Stars.

If you live in an area served by these plans, you can sign-up during this period.

Special Enrollment Periods (SEP)

Sign-up period is determined by the specific life event affecting you.

You can enroll in Medicare outside of the regular enrollment periods when faced with certain extenuating circumstances that include:

You change where you live
You lose your current coverage
You have a chance to get other coverage
Your plan changes its contract with Medicare
Other special situations
This Medicare.gov website provides details on the specific circumstances and the allowable periods to sign up for Medicare.

Initial Enrollment Period (IEP)

7-month period (3 months before and 3 months after your eligibility month)

When you first become eligible to sign-up for Medicare, you have a 7-month window to enroll that starts 3 months before your eligibility month and ends 3 months after your eligibility month.

Example: If you are eligible for Medicare when you turn 65 and let's say, your birth month is August...

In the year you turn 65 (and hence, eligible for Medicare), your 7-month sign-up window begins in May and ends in November.

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FAQs

What are the changes coming to Medicare in 2021?

3 important changes will help expand benefits to eligible Medicare enrollees in 2021:
  1. Expanded Telehealth Services allowed by Medicare Advantage Plans.
  2. Expansion of Special Supplemental Benefits to the Chronically Ill.
  3. Medicare Advantage now available for End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)
Expanded Telehealth Services
Medicare rule changes for 2021 will allow Medicare Advantage Plans to provide telehealth services enabling doctors and other healthcare professionals to provide care and treatment to seniors using video conferencing.

Expansion of Special Supplemental Benefits
Medicare Advantage Plans can now offer special supplemental benefits to the chronically ill having a reasonable expectation of improving or maintaining the health, which include:
  • In-home Personal Care
  • Non-medical Transportation
  • Pest Control
  • Meal Deliveries, and
  • Health and Fitness Devices
Medicare Advantage for End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)
Eligible Medicare beneficiaries with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) can now enroll in Medicare Advantage plans.

When is the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) for 2021 Plan Year?

The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) for 2021 Plan Year is between Oct 15, 2020 and Dec 7, 2020.

What changes can I make during the Annual Enrollment Period?

  • You can switch from Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan.
  • You can sign-up or modify your Prescription Drug Plan (Medicare Part D).

When is the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (OEP)?

The Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (OEP) is between Jan 1, 2021 and Mar 31, 2021.

What changes can I make during the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (OEP)?

If you are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan:
  • You can change to another Medicare Advantage Plan.
  • You can go back to Medicare, with or without a Prescription Drug Plan (Medicare Part D).

What is Medicare 5-Star Special Enrollment Period (SEP)?

Each year, Medicare rates Medicare Advantage Plans and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans based on customer surveys and the overall quality of care provided by the plans to their enrollees. A select few of these plans get the highest rating of 5 Stars.

When is the Medicare 5-Star Special Enrollment Period (SEP)?

The Medicare 5-Star Special Enrollment Period (SEP) is between Dec 8, 2020 and Nov 30, 2021.

Who can enroll during the Medicare 5-Star Special Enrollment Period (SEP)?

If you live in an area served by Medicare Advantage plans that are rated 5 Stars by Medicare, you can sign-up during the 5-Star Special Enrollment Period.

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