Enrolling in a Kaiser Permanente Medicare Advantage Plan

In order to enroll in a Kaiser Permanente Medicare Advantage plan, you must be enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B, and you must live in an area that is serviced by the plan you want.

There are certain times of year during which you can enroll in Kaiser Medicare plans.

Below is a detailed guide to how you can enroll in a Kaiser Permanente Medicare Advantage plan and how you can compare different types of Medicare Advantage plans from other providers to find the right plan for your needs.

Enroll in Medicare Part A

If you’re receiving (or are eligible to receive) Social Security benefits at age 65, you’ll be automatically enrolled in Medicare Part A hospital insurance when you turn 65 years old. Your Medicare card will arrive in the mail a few months prior to your 65th birthday.

If you are not eligible to receive Social Security benefits, you will have to manually sign up for Medicare Part A when you turn 65.

Enrollment in Part A is required for all Medicare Advantage plans sold by any insurance company.

Enroll in Medicare Part B

If you qualify for Social Security benefits at age 65, you will also be automatically enrolled in Medicare Part B medical insurance.

Part B is optional, but you must enroll in Medicare Part B in order to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, including those offered by Kaiser Permanente. If you do not qualify for automatic Part B enrollment, you will need to sign up manually.

Choose a Kaiser Medicare plan available where you live

Medicare Advantage plans are sold by private insurance companies like Kaiser Permanente, and plan availability can vary based on your location. Each plan is specific to a particular zip code, state or region. Some Medicare Advantage plans feature a network of providers who operate in that given area.

In order to enroll in a Kaiser Medicare Advantage plan, you must reside in the area that the plan serves. Kaiser sells Medicare Advantage plans for people living in parts of the following locations:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Maryland
  • Oregon
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Washington D.C.

When to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan

There are three times of the year that you may enroll in a Kaiser Medicare Advantage plan.

Medicare IEP

  • When you first become eligible for Medicare
    Your Initial Enrollment Period is a 7-month period that begins three months before your 65th birthday, includes the month of your birthday and continues for three more months. During this time, you are eligible to enroll in a few different types of Medicare coverage, including a Medicare Advantage plan.

Medicare open enrollment

  • During the Medicare Open Enrollment Period, October 15 to December 7
    The Medicare Open Enrollment Period (also called the Annual Election Period, or AEP) is a time when beneficiaries can enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan. If you already have a Medicare Advantage plan, you can use this enrollment period to switch to a new plan, if you desire.

  • During a Medicare Special Enrollment Period
    There are certain circumstances in which you might qualify for a Medicare Special Enrollment Period. These situations may include losing your employer coverage, being out of the country during your Initial Enrollment Period and more.

You also need to choose which type of Kaiser Medicare Advantage plan you wish to enroll in.

Kaiser provides several different types of Medicare Advantage plans, including:

There are other types of Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Advantage plan providers you can also consider. To compare Medicare Advantage plans that may be available where you live, speak with a licensed insurance agent by calling TTY Users: 711 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Plan availability varies by region and state. For a complete list of available plans, please contact 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048), 24 hours a day/7 days a week or consult www.medicare.gov.

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