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Whether you’re enrolling in a Blue Cross Medicare Advantage plan for the first time or switching your Blue Cross Medicare Advantage plan, there are three ways you can enroll. Before making an enrollment decision, it is important that you fully understand our benefits and rules. Review a pre-enrollment checklist to learn more.
Every year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) evaluates Medicare plans based on a 5-star rating system, with 5 stars being the highest score a plan can receive. More stars indicate better performance and quality.
Learn more about star ratings.
Blue Cross Medicare Advantage Classic (PPO)SM, Blue Cross Medicare Advantage Choice Plus (PPO)SM, and Blue Cross Medicare Advantage Choice Premier (PPO)SM are 2022 4-star rated.
Blue Cross Medicare Advantage Basic (HMO)SM, Blue Cross Medicare Advantage Basic Plus (HMO-POS) SM, and Blue Cross Medicare Advantage Premier Plus (HMO-POS)SM are 2022 3.5-star rated.
Blue Cross Medicare Advantage Elite (PPO)SM, Blue Medicare Advocate Health (HMO)SM, and Blue Cross Medicare Advantage Flex (PPO)SM plans are too new to be evaluated.
There are four enrollment periods for Blue Cross Medicare Advantage plans. Review them to determine which one is right for you.
Anyone can join, switch or drop a Medicare Advantage plan or a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MAPD) plan between October 15 and December 7. If you apply for a plan during this time, coverage begins on January 1.
The Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (MA OEP) is January 1 through March 31 each year. During this time, Medicare Advantage enrollees can pick a different Medicare Advantage plan or switch to Original Medicare and enroll in an MAPD. You may only make one election, or plan change, during the MA OEP. You are also eligible to use the MA OEP to make a plan change if you are a new Medicare beneficiary who enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan during your Initial Coverage Election Period (ICEP), which is the first three months you were eligible to enroll. In this case, the OEP occurs from the third month of eligibility to Part A and Part B through the last day of the third month of eligibility.
When you first become eligible for Medicare, you can join during this seven-month period that starts three months before the month you turn 65, includes the month you turn 65, and ends three months after the month you turn 65.
In most cases, you must stay enrolled in the plan for the calendar year when your coverage began. But when certain events happen in your life, you may be able to join, switch or drop a Medicare Advantage plan and a Medicare prescription drug plan and return to Original Medicare during a Special Enrollment Period. Below is a list of some, but not all, of the events that may qualify you for an SEP:
Contact us if any of these situations apply to you.
For more information, refer to the Medicare & You handbook.
Dates subject to change after January 1, 2022.
Last Updated: Oct. 14, 2022
Last Updated: 09302022