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General Medicare Timeline
Let's get started! Take these important steps to learn about Medicare and see what you have to do now to prepare for enrollment.
7-9 MONTHS to turning 65:
• Watch our Medicare Minute Video series and get answers to the most common questions we hear about Medicare.
 Review your current health care coverage to see what options you have after you turn 65. Also, consider your travel habits, prescription drug needs, and calculate your annual health care budget.
5-6 MONTHS to turning 65:
• Compare Medicare Advantage plans and check to see if your prescriptions are covered.
3 MONTHS to turning 65:
• Complete your enrollment during your Initial Enrollment Period. You have from 3 months before you turn 65 to 3 months after your birthday month to enroll.
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Your Initial Enrollment Period starts 3 months prior to your 65th birthday, through 3 months after your birthday month concludes.
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Would you like in-person help? Visit our Resource Center in Rochester to meet with a Medicare Sales Advisor or view our Mobile Office hours to find a location closer to you. Mobile Offices are based on first-come, first-served.
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Excellus BCBS Member Benefits & Details
Excellus BCBS Member Benefits
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Preventive Care Services + Prescription Drug Coverage

Preventive Care Services

Some of the $0 preventive services covered in full when using our network providers include:

  • "Welcome to Medicare" preventive visit
  • Flu Shot
  • Pneumonia Vaccination
  • Mammogram
  • Cardiovascular screenings
  • Colorectal and Prostate cancer screenings
  • Cervical cancer screenings
  • Diabetes screenings
Prescription Drug Coverage

$0 Tier 1 generic drugs are available on most Excellus BCBS Medicare plans, including more than 50 frequently prescribed medications. To find out how your prescriptions are covered, check our comprehensive list of covered prescription drugs (also known as the “formulary”)5.

To learn more, talk to an Excellus BCBS Medicare Sales Advisor at: 1‑877‑406‑4823 (TTY: 1‑800‑421‑1220)
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

The Silver&Fit® Program

You’re never too old to feel young. At Excellus BCBS, we have a plan to help you feel better than ever.

  • $25 annual participating gym membership, including available classes
  • Choose 2 in-home fitness kits such as yoga, chair exercise, aquatic exercise and more for only $10
  • An annual fitness allowance at non-participating facilities
To learn more, talk to an Excellus BCBS Medicare Sales Advisor at: 1‑877‑406‑4823 (TTY: 1‑800‑421‑1220)
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Travel Coverage

With Excellus BCBS, you are covered worldwide for medically necessary emergencies or urgently needed care.

To learn more, talk to an Excellus BCBS Medicare Sales Advisor at: 1‑877‑406‑4823 (TTY: 1‑800‑421‑1220)
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

When Can I Enroll In Medicare?

There are three times when you can enroll in Medicare: Annual Election Period, Turning 65 and Special Enrollment Periods.

Annual Election Period
Eligible individuals can enroll for 2020 coverage from October 15, 2019 – December 7, 2019.
Turning 65
If you're turning 65, you can enroll in Medicare from the period that extends 3 months before to 3 months after the month of your 65th birthday. For example, if you turn 65 on July 4, you can enroll anytime between April 1 and October 31.
Your Initial Enrollment Period starts 3 months prior to your 65th birthday, through 3 months after your birthday month concludes.
Special Enrollment Periods
Please refer to our Medicare Advantage Timeline to view specifics on when you may join or switch your coverage.
Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period
From January 1 to March 31, individuals enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan are allowed to make a one-time election to switch to a Medicare Advantage plan or to disenroll from their Medicare Advantage plan and obtain coverage through Original Medicare.

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Date Last Updated 12/27/2018

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