5 tips for 2011 Medicare enrollment

Enrollment plan window closes -- somewhat
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Enrollment plan window closes -- somewhat

Say goodbye to a second open enrollment window, which used to run from Jan. 1 to March 31.

Instead, the Medicare Advantage Disenrollment period is your second chance to change plans. It runs from Jan. 1 through Feb. 14. Use this window to sign up for original Medicare. But be warned -- you can't switch to another Advantage plan.

"There was an annual one-shot at refining options," says Gada. "Now you're limited to what you can switch to."

If you're thinking about changing plans, go to's Plan Finder tool to compare coverage options.




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