When Is Medicare Open Enrollment?

During this period each fall, you can select a new Medicare Advantage or Part D plan or switch back to original Medicare.

A sign by a road says open enrollment ahead.
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It’s that time of year again when you have to make important decisions about your Medicare coverage. Keep in mind, though, that this period is almost over. Enrollment will close in less than a week on Thursday Dec. 7. 

There are 2 main ways to get your Medicare coverage — Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) and Medicare Advantage. When open enrollment begins, you shop for the plan that suits your needs and lifestyle best. 

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Donna LeValley
Personal Finance Writer

Donna joined Kiplinger as a personal finance writer in 2023. She spent more than a decade as the contributing editor of J.K.Lasser's Your Income Tax Guide and edited state specific legal treatises at ALM Media. She has shared her expertise as a guest on Bloomberg, CNN, Fox, NPR, CNBC and many other media outlets around the nation. 

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