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Agent Pipeline Medicare Open Enrollment Countdown


A free countdown timer to let your customers know when Medicare when open enrollment ends, once it begins.

Zero configuration required. Implemented as a shortcode [apcountdown] that you can put in any page, post, or text widget in your WordPress website.

Throughout the year, Medicare maintains several enrollment schedules, including the Annual Enrollment Period, or AEP. AEP is a specific period of time when existing Medicare beneficiaries can make certain changes to their Medicare plans. Once AEP closes, no changes can be made until the following year unless you qualify for an exception (for example, because you move out of your service area). While in the past the dates have been different (November 15 December 31), this year AEP is October 15 December 7, 2011. Changes made to Medicare plans during this period become effective January 1, 2013.


  1. Upload and unzip the plugin to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Place [apcountdown] in your posts, pages, or text widgets


Does the countdown plugin need any configuration?

No, the plugin retrieves the start and stop dates from our server. The plugin checks once a day, to see if there are any updates. Given the nature of the start and stop dates being totally arbitrary, the dates had to be retrieved from somewhere. We respect the privacy of others, and in no way does the plugin send any data outbound, it only retrieves the start/stop date.

Why did you write the plugin?

We wrote it for a specific use case, but thought we’d share it. We think most software should be Free!

Contributors & Developers

“Agent Pipeline Medicare Open Enrollment Countdown” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.



  • A plugin was born!