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If You Want to Withdraw from Medicare Advantage

Medicare recipients choose to withdraw from Medicare Advantage for a variety of reasons, including difficulties accessing their provider, coverage problems, premium increases and issues with Part D coverage.

Medicare Advantage enrollees have through February 14, 2015 to withdraw from their Medicare Advantage plan and instead receive Medicare Parts A and B through Original Medicare. During this period, recipients can also join a Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) if necessary. There are some issues that individuals should keep in mind if they would like to withdraw:

  • During the Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period (MADP), it is not possible to switch to another Medicare Advantage plan – the only option is to go to Original Medicare coverage Part A and Part B. Those who would like to switch Medicare Advantage plans may do so during Fall Open Enrollment, which runs from October through December.
  • Individuals returning to Original Medicare should consider how they might manage the deductibles, coinsurance and copayments they may encounter when seeking medical care and coverage. For example, individuals seeking to purchase a Medigap policy may face higher premiums or a waiting period.
  • Keep in mind, if you drop other coverage (i.e. employer or union health care coverage), you may not be able to reinstate your coverage.

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