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There are three enrollment periods
Between October 15 and December 7, anyone can join, switch or drop a Medicare prescription drug plan. Your coverage will begin on January 1, as long as the plan gets your request by December 7.
When you first become eligible for Medicare, you can join during the 7 month period that starts 3 months before the month you turn 65, includes the month you turn 65 and ends 3 months after the month you turn 65.
In most cases, you must stay enrolled for the calendar year starting the date your coverage begins. However, in certain situations, you may be able to join, switch or drop a Medicare prescription drug plan during a Special Enrollment Period. Below is a list of some, but not all, of these situations:
Contact your plan if any of these situations apply to you.
For more information, refer to the Medicare and You Handbook .
*Dates subject to change after January 1, 2015