During Medicare's Annual Election Period (October 15 – December 7), Dignity Health encourages you to consider Medicare Advantage plans to ensure you can access Dignity Health's comprehensive, quality health care network.
Financial Benefits to Medicare Advantage
New research finds beneficiaries with Medicare Advantage spend less compared to other Medicare plans*:
• Beneficiaries with Medicare Advantage typically receive better value and spend nearly 40 percent less.
• Beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage can save $50,000 to $85,000 over their lifetimes.
• Medicare Advantage plans provide additional, high-value services that reduce health care costs and improve outcomes.
*Source: UnitedHealth Group, January 2020
New to Medicare?
To enroll in Medicare, you may need to contact Social Security directly. It's recommended you do this before your 65th birthday to avoid lapse in coverage and avoid any penalties for signing up late. Upon contacting Social Security, you should receive a packet in the mail from Medicare before you turn 65. You can enroll in Medicare online or in person at your local Social Security office.
If you are planning to retire, you have a 7-month window surrounding your 65th birthday to enroll to avoid penalties; this is called your initial enrollment period. After that, you can still enroll in Medicare, but may need to wait for a designated special/annual election period to do so, based on qualifying events such as moving, loss of coverage, or opportunity to get other coverage.
Dignity Health is proud to be offered through these Medicare Advantage health plans*:
- Anthem Blue Cross
- Blue Shield of California HMO & PPO
- UnitedHealthcare (AARP)
*Benefits among health plans and employers vary. Please refer to your health insurance information for details and descriptions of your benefits coverage.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) for Medicare?
The Annual Enrollment Period is the time of year when you can enroll in or make changes to your Medicare Advantage plan.
When is the Annual Enrollment Period?
The Annual Enrollment Period for Medicare Advantage plans is October 15, 2021 - December 7, 2021.
What is a Medicare Advantage plan?
Medicare Advantage plans are also referred to as Medicare Part C. These are a type of Medicare health plan offered by a private company that contracts with Medicare to provide you with all your Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medical Insurance) benefits.
Where can I go for more information?
Medicare.gov is the official U.S. Government site for Medicare.