Question:I have a high deductible Med Supp plan. My health is declining, can Im switch to a comprensive Med Supp Plan during open enrollment without penalty?
Answer: You can apply to switch to a different Medicare supplement plan at anytime of the year. However pre-existing conditions would be considered. In California you are guaranteed to switch to a like for like or lesser plan from any carrier during your birthday month. However, if you want to move to a more comprehensive MedSup plan (considered an upgrade) your health history will be considered and you could be denied the plan change. But it is not too hard to qualify for a supplement plan even for those with pre-existing conditions. One carrier will take people as long as they have not been in the hospital 90-days prior to applying.
A Medicare Advantage Plan would be more comprehensive coverage than your current Original Medicare and a High Deductible Supplement. The Medicare Advantage and Part D Prescription Drug Open Enrollment is between 10/15-12/07. During this time, you will qualify regardless of pre-existing conditions other than End Stage Renal Disease.