Special Enrollment Period Now Available for Medicare

At any time during the year you will be able to switch to a 5-star Medicare Advantage Plan after the new process starts on December 8th, 2011. The title really says it all as there is no mystery behind what makes their 5-star Medicare Advantage Plan. To give overall performance star ratings to plans Medicare uses surveys to measure member satisfaction.

To give you an idea of the service and treatment you can expect you will see a 1-star (poor) or a 5-star (excellent) to measure the service. You may have a hard time finding a 5-star center but the following information should help you in your quest.

• You can go to www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan for the overall plan star ratings.

• Only if it is available in your area can you join a 5-star Medicare Advantage Plan.

• Once a year is the limit to the special enrollment period for changing to a 5-star plan.

• A Medicare Cost Plan cannot be joined during this period.

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