If you are currently in a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan and are not happy with your current coverage, you can switch to a different MA plan or go to back to Original Medicare if you act before March 31. This period to make this switch is only available to people currently in an MA plan. This gives you a chance to try out your MA plan early in the year, see if the plan's provider network works for you, and make a change or go back to Original Medicare if needed.
If you would like to make a switch to your coverage, we encourage you to talk to a SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program) counselor. They can help you compare plans and can talk to you about other options that might be available to you, including other enrollment periods that
might be available. In Illinois, call (800)252-8966 and ask for a SHIP counselor near you.
Insurance agents should not be marketing Medicare Advantage plans between now and March 31. The Illinois SMP has received some reports of insurance agents trying to sell MA plans. If you encounter this, please call the Illinois SMP at AgeOptions at (800)699-9043.