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By Henry Ansah • January 9, 2019

A Brief Look at Open Enrollment Period for 2019

January 1st marked the beginning of the new year as well as the Open Enrollment Period (OEP) for Medicare Advantage holders. In 2019, OEP will run from January 1 - March 31.

This period marks an opportunity for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries to:
• Switch to a different Medicare Advantage plan.
• Drop their 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 they return to Original Medicare).

OEP timeline

Some activities are off limits for beneficiaries. During OEP, they cannot:
• Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan.
• Join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, if they are in Original Medicare.
• Switch from one Medicare Prescription Drug Plan to another, if they are in Original Medicare.

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Get Contracted Today!As an agent, what should I be aware of during OEP?
• Soliciting: You cannot share materials advertising the ability to make a plan change or referencing the OEP in any way.
• Manipulation: You may not contact former enrollees who have selected a new plan during Annual Enrollment Period.
• No sales activities: You cannot engage in or promote any activity that intend to target the OEP as an opportunity to make further sales.

As an agent, how can I make the most out of this OEP?
• Keep marketing! Conduct marketing activities that focus on other enrollment opportunities, including age-ins who haven’t yet made an enrollment decision, and also dual-eligible and LIS beneficiaries.
• Be responsive! You can send marketing materials to beneficiaries who make a proactive request for them.