Important Special Enrollment Period Announcement from NAHU

As of April 3,2020

Medicare Advantage SEP Delayed

CMS told NAHU that the plan to provide an official notice for MA SEP will slip into next week. Beneficiaries rely on agents and NAHU requested CMS consider agents of record in any SEP plan. We also requested extending the OEP through June. You can monitor this link for A/B enrollment updates.

Here are links for C/D to watch for SEP or other enrollment guidance:

https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Eligibility-and-Enrollment/MedicareMangCareEligEnrol/index

https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Eligibility-and-Enrollment/MedicarePresDrugEligEnrol/index

 

Part B enrollment and SSA

CMS is working closely with SSA to coordinate and push out information regarding Part B to ease enrollment challenges. NAHU has let CMS know that local SSA offices appear to operate differently with respect to handling enrollment cases.

 

As of now, CMS will  relax the requirement for wet signatures.  In addition, if the beneficiary is unable to obtain the completed employer form there are alternate forms of documentation that are acceptable. These are documents that they are likely to have in their possession such as tax returns, paystubs, health insurance cards. SSA is also working on creating methods to submit this information via a dedicated fax number and a few other ideas they are considering.

 

Be sure to monitor these web links to get the latest changes in Medicare enrollment. NAHU will continue to be your source for the latest information and we will continue to send out information as event warrant.

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