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Medicare Open Enrollment


Generally, Medicare is available for people age 65 or older, younger people with disabilities and people with end-stage kidney disease. If you qualify for Medicare, you can review your health insurance options during Medicare Open Enrollment.

Some people choose to receive their Medicare benefits through a Medicare Advantage health plan. If you're considering Medicare Advantage, pay attention to whether you are choosing a plan that includes your current providers and hospitals at Atrium Health.

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Key dates for Medicare Open Enrollment:

Open enrollment begins
October 15
Open enrollment ends
December 7
Coverage begins
January 1

During Open Enrollment, newly eligible and existing Medicare patients can review coverage options and choose to:

  • Switch from Original Medicare to Medicare Advantage (or vice versa)
  • Change from one Medicare Advantage plan to another
  • Add or change Medicare prescription drug plans
  • Make no changes to current Medicare coverage

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Original Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage

Learn about the 2 types of Medicare programs and what makes Medicare Advantage different.

Original Medicare

Original Medicare is the traditional Medicare program, where the government pays directly for the healthcare services you receive. You can go to any doctor or hospital that takes Medicare in the U.S. and buy supplemental coverage to help pay out-of-pocket costs.

Original Medicare includes:

  • Part A (inpatient/hospital coverage)
  • Part B (outpatient/medical coverage)

You can add:

  • Part D (prescription drug coverage)
  • Supplemental coverage / Medigap

Medicare Advantage

Instead of Original Medicare, you can get your Medicare benefits from a Medicare Advantage Plan, also known as Medicare Part C. Medicare Advantage bundles the coverage you get under Original Medicare and can include additional benefits.

Medicare Advantage includes:

  • Part A (inpatient/hospital coverage)
  • Part B (outpatient/medical coverage)

Most plans also include:

  • Part D (prescription drug coverage)
  • Extra benefits (routine dental, hearing and vision care)

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Which plans include Atrium Health Navicent providers in their networks?

AHN Medical Center, AHN Peach, AHN Baldwin, AHN Rehabilitation Hospital*

  • Aetna Medicare Advantage
  • Anthem Medicare Advantage
  • Clover Medicare Advantage
  • Clear Spring Health (EON Health)
  • Georgia Assurance Medicare Advantage (Limited to Institutional Special Needs Only)
  • Humana/ChoiceCare Medicare Advantage
  • Pruitt Health Premier (Limited to Institutional Special Needs Only)
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage
  • WellCare Medicare Advantage
  • Prime Health Services- Atrium Health Navicent Baldwin is the only facility participating. (Limited to Institutional Special Needs Only)

*Always check with your insurance company to confirm in-network status with a healthcare provider.

Why choose a plan that includes Atrium Health?

If you already have an Atrium Health doctor or hospital you prefer, you may want to pick a plan that includes them. This lets you continue seeing them, while better managing your healthcare costs. In addition to your doctor and hospital, you get seamless connection to Atrium Health's vast care options. A few highlights include:

  • Unmatched, world-class care from over 53 specialties in more than 50 facilities throughout the region
  • Nationally-verified Level I-designated Trauma Center and a four-time Magnet Designated hospital for nursing excellence worldwide
  • Primary care from the region's preferred provider, including family medicine, internal medicine and women's health
  • The region's largest network of behavioral health and substance use services
  • Convenient on-demand care options, like urgent cares and video visits
  • Peace of mind that when you get care from Atrium Health, you can more easily keep your out-of-pocket costs down

Frequently asked questions about Medicare Advantage

Medicare Open Enrollment is also known as the Annual Enrollment Period or AEP. During the enrollment period, newly eligible and existing Medicare patients can review Medicare coverage options and:

  • Switch from Original Medicare to Medicare Advantage, or vice versa
  • Change from one Medicare Advantage plan to another
  • Add or change Medicare prescription drug plans
  • Make no changes to current Medicare coverage