For Consumers

When can I sign up, switch or leave?

In addition to when you first join Medicare, you can also enroll during:

Annual election period (Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 each year)

During this enrollment period:

Medicare Advantage disenrollment period (Jan. 1 to Feb. 14 each year)

  • If you don’t like the Medicare Advantage plan you enrolled in, you can go back to Original Medicare and choose a Medicare Part D stand-alone plan (PDF, 190KB). Your Original Medicare coverage will begin the first of the following month.
  • Note: You can't join or switch a Medicare Advantage plan.

  • The effective date of your disenrollment request will occur the first of the following month.

Special enrollment period

Some people, such as those with Medicaid ( or Extra Help (, a change in where they live, or whose plan is leaving Medicare, may switch plans before the annual election period.