The Annual Election Period (AEP) which is currently November 15 - December 31 will be changed to October 15 - December 7 beginning in 2011. NOTE: The AEP will remain the same at the end of 2010.
In addition, the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (OEP) has been eliminated. In its place, beginning in 2011, will be a new 45 day disenrollment period, in which a person with Medicare on a Medicare Advantage plan will have one opportunity to switch back to Original Medicare during the first 45 days of each year. If they elect to switch to Original Medicare, they can purchase a stand-alone Part D drug plan (PDP), regardless of whether they had drug coverage previously.