Medicare’s Fall Open Enrollment gives seniors with a Medicare Advantage plan the option to switch coverage

MADISON, Wis.—Nov. 16, 2020—People with Original Medicare may be able to purchase a WPS Medicare supplement insurance plan at any time of year as long as they can pass some simple health questions. However, seniors who have signed up for a Medicare Advantage plan can usually only change plans once each year during Medicare’s Fall Open Enrollment.

Medicare’s Fall Open Enrollment runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 every year. During Fall Open Enrollment, those eligible for Medicare can make a variety of coverage changes, according to the website:

  • Change from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan.
  • Change from a Medicare Advantage Plan back to Original Medicare.
  • Switch from one Medicare Advantage Plan to another Medicare Advantage Plan.
  • Switch from a Medicare Advantage Plan that doesn't offer drug coverage to a Medicare Advantage Plan that offers drug coverage.
  • Switch from a Medicare Advantage Plan that offers drug coverage to a Medicare Advantage Plan that doesn't offer drug coverage.
  • Join a Medicare drug plan.
  • Switch from one Medicare drug plan to another Medicare drug plan.
  • Drop your Medicare prescription drug coverage completely.

For seniors changing from a Medicare Advantage plan back to Original Medicare, a Medicare supplement insurance plan can help cover medical costs that Original Medicare leaves behind. If you can say “No” to a few simple health questions, it’s easy to make the switch. Customers choosing a WPS Medicare supplement insurance plan also get extra services and programs included at no extra cost:

  • New for 2021, WPS customers get access to Iris® Identity Theft Resolution Services and ScamAssist™ Fraud Review Service to help protect customers against criminal activities.1
  • WPS customers also get access to the Silver&Fit® Healthy Aging and Exercise program, a wellness program, and vision and hearing discount programs.2

During Fall Open Enrollment, seniors can also enroll in a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan, or PDP. WPS MedicareRx Plan (PDP) is available to seniors who do not already have prescription drug coverage through a Medicare Advantage plan. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, based on current enrollment, about 98% of beneficiaries enrolled in stand-alone prescription drug plans for 2021 will be in plans with 3.5 stars or higher, an increase from about 70% in 2020. The average Star Rating for a stand-alone prescription drug plan rose to 3.58 in 2021 from 3.50 in 2020.3 The WPS plan earned a 4-star rating for the 2021 plan year.4

For more information on a WPS Medicare supplement insurance plan or to enroll, visit or call 1-800-236-1448.

1Fraud and identity theft services are not a part of the insurance policy and enrollment is subject to contract renewal. The service provider is not responsible or liable for the availability, safety, accuracy, or effectiveness of the techniques, products, tools, or resources used by the service provider in its ScamAssist™ service and your access and use of ScamAssist™ is entirely at your own risk. 2Fitness, vision, hearing, and wellness programs are not part of the insurance policy, are offered at no additional charge, and can be changed or discontinued at any time. The Silver&Fit program is provided by American Specialty Health Fitness, Inc., a subsidiary of American Specialty Health Incorporated (ASH). Silver&Fit is a registered trademark of ASH and is used with permission herein. Fitness and wellness programs are not included with Medicare supplement cost-sharing plans (Plans K and L). The people in this piece are not Silver&Fit members. MedicareRx Plan , offered by Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation, is a prescription drug plan (PDP) with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in WPS MedicareRx Plan depends on contract renewal. Every year, Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-star rating system. This is an advertisement for insurance. Neither Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation, nor its agents, nor products are connected with the federal Medicare program.