General Enrollment Period (GEP)
Who enrolls during this period?
Individuals who missed their initial enrollment period, and do not qualify for a special enrollment period, may sign up for Medicare during this period.
Why enroll in Medicare?
If you do not have other creditable health insurance and you do not enroll when eligible, you will incur a penalty when you enroll that will last throughout the lifetime of coverage.
When will Medicare coverage begin?
If you enroll in Medicare during this period, your coverage will begin on the 1st day of the month following the month you completed enrollment.
Can I enroll in a plan?
Yes. You are permitted to enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan once Medicare Parts A and B are effective.
Be sure to review your rights for purchasing a Medigap/Supplement policy.