Medicare’s 5-star Special Enrollment Period

CMS Update | December 16, 2020 – You can use this Special Enrollment Period only once between December 8 and November 30.

If a Medicare Advantage Plan, Medicare drug plan, or Medicare Cost Plan with a 5-star rating is available in your area, you can use the 5-star Special Enrollment Period to switch from your current Medicare plan to a Medicare plan with a “5-star” quality rating. 

Medicare uses information from member satisfaction surveys, plans, and health care providers to give overall performance star ratings to plans.

A plan can get a rating between 1 and 5 stars. A 5-star rating is considered excellent. These ratings help you compare plans based on quality and performance. Medicare updates these ratings each fall for the following year.