Medicare Open Enrollment Starts Oct. 15

Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period arrives for the more than 1.3 million Medicare beneficiaries in Washington. 

From Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, people on Medicare can: 

  • Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan or vice versa.
  • Join, drop or switch a Part D prescription drug plan if they are on Original Medicare.
  • Switch to a different Medicare Advantage plan if they are already on one.

The Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) program, which is part of the Washington state Office of the Insurance Commissioner, is ready to help with all of these decisions.