Health carriers and producers are set to end what seems to have been a calm, busy Medicare plan annual enrollment period at the close of business today.
The enrollment period for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Plan D prescription drug coverage runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 every year.
Traditional Medicare enrollees can sign up for Medicare Advantage and Medicare drug coverage during the annual enrollment period, and enrollees in Medicare Advantage plans can switch to traditional Medicare. Medicare Advantage plan enrollees can switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) does not provide the kinds of activity statistics updates for the Medicare plan enrollment period that it now provides for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) individual medical open enrollment period.
But insurers have been running many more broadcast and television ads for Medicare plans than for exchange plans, and agents talking about the exchange period in Web forums have said they are busy.
One enroller celebrated the end of the Medicare enrollment period with a tweet with the hashtag “#bestdayever.”
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