Medicare is a federal government program that offers health insurance to individuals who are:
There are two main ways to obtain Medicare coverage:
When choosing a Medicare plan, some things to consider include:
The Initial Enrollment Period is a seven-month period that includes three months before you turn 65, your birthday month, and three months after you turn 65.
The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) happens every fall from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. During this time, you can join, drop or change Medicare coverage. The plan coverage you choose during AEP starts on Jan. 1 of the following year.
During the 5-Star Special Enrollment Period, you can switch from your current Medicare plan to a 5-Star-rated Medicare Advantage plan in your area. You can switch once throughout the plan year.
There is a three-month window from Jan. 1 through March 31 annually where you can enroll in Medicare Part A and Part B for the first time if you missed signing up when you were first eligible, and you are not eligible for a Special Enrollment Period. You may be subject to late penalties.
Individuals can sign up for Medicare Advantage (Part C) from April 1 through June 30. Coverage begins July 1.
In some cases, you may be able to enroll in or switch to a plan outside of the Initial Enrollment Period. This includes changes in your life situation, such as:
When you enroll will determine when your coverage begins. To determine your eligibility and for more information on enrollment periods, visit medicare.gov/sign-up-change-plans.
Aurora Health Quartz Medicare Advantage plans not only offer a wide range of benefits, but let you enjoy your coverage while keeping your in-network primary care and specialty physicians. This gives you access to coordinated care for both preventive care and support you need to manage chronic conditions.
With Aurora Health Quartz Medicare Advantage, you’ll experience:
No matter what kind of Medicare plan you have now, Quartz can help you make the most of your Medicare coverage.
Quartz and Aurora Health Care partnered together to launch the region’s only joint 5-Star Medicare Advantage plan. It’s also only one of two plans in the nation to earn this rating at least nine times.
CMS compares and rates the quality of Medicare health and drug plans nationwide. This overall 5 out of 5 Stars for 2021 is considered excellent by the Medicare’s Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)* for quality and service.
Having such a highly ranked plan helps ensure you get the care you deserve from getting care quickly to receiving quality customer service.
And as a Medicare beneficiary, you can switch from your current plan to the Aurora Health Quartz Medicare Advantage 5-Star plan anytime, not just during open enrollment.
*Every year, Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-Star rating system. Star ratings are calculated each year and may change from one year to the next.
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Aurora Health Quartz Medicare Advantage HMO plans are available to residents of the following Wisconsin counties: Brown, Kenosha, Manitowoc, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha and Winnebago.
For more information about the Aurora Health Care Medicare Advantage HMO plans from Quartz, visit quartzbenefits.com/Aurora.
We accept other Medicare plans in addition to Quartz. For a full list of insurers, visit Medicare.gov.