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We're here to help with information about the different plan types and enrollment periods.

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Enrollment period options

You can enroll in a Sharp Direct Advantage plan or make changes to your current plan during these enrollment periods.

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Annual Election Period

When: October 15 - December 7

During the Annual Election Period (AEP), you can make changes to your current Medicare plan. Any enrollments or changes made during this period are effective on January 1 of the following year.



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Open Enrollment

When: January 1 - March 31

If you are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan during the open enrollment period (OEP), you'll have an opportunity to:

  • Switch to a different Medicare Advantage plan
  • Drop your Medicare Advantage plan and return to Original Medicare, Part A and Part B
  • Sign up for a stand-alone Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan (if you choose to return to Original Medicare)
  • Drop your stand-alone Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan


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Special Enrollment

When: Year-round

If you qualify for special enrollment, you can make changes to your coverage during the special enrollment period (SEP). Qualifying life events include:

  • Retiring from your job if you're over 65
  • Moving to a different area not covered by your plan
  • Losing your current coverage
  • When your current plan changes its contract with Medicare
  • Receiving extra help paying for your Medicare prescription drug coverage


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Initial Enrollment Period

When: Year-round

The initial enrollment period (IEP) is when you first sign up for Medicare. There are two ways to become eligible during this period:

Eligibility by birthday

  • You can join during the 7-month period that runs 3 months before the month you turn 65 to 3 months after the month you turn 65
  • Coverage will begin the first day of the month after you enroll
  • If you join Medicare before you turn 65, your coverage will begin the first day of the month you turn 65

Eligibility by disability

  • You can join during the 7-month period that runs 3 months before your 25th month of getting disability benefits to 3 months after your 25th month of getting disability benefits
  • Coverage will begin the first day of the month after you enroll
  • If you join during one of the 3 months before you first get Medicare, your coverage will begin the first day of your 25th month of entitlement to disability benefits



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Sharp Direct Advantage is offered by Sharp Health Plan. Sharp Health Plan is an HMO with a Medicare contract. Enrollment with Sharp Health Plan depends on contract renewal. Read the full disclaimer.

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