What’s new: If any of your clients have missed their Medicare enrollment period due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS is providing a Special Enrollment Period (SEP).
Bottom line: The SEP allows individuals with a Medicare enrollment period beginning March 1, 2020, or later to enroll in, disenroll from, or switch Medicare health or prescription drug plans, even if they missed other enrollment periods. Affected individuals need to complete their special enrollment by June 30, 2020.
This is available to Medicare beneficiaries who:
Top tips: Eligible beneficiaries get one opportunity to make the missed election with this SEP. Beneficiaries are not expected to provide proof that they were affected by the pandemic-related emergency.
MAPD/PDP enrollment: While you can help your clients enroll via a paper application, we strongly encourage using online channels. For Medicare Advantage with Prescription Drug Plans (MAPD) and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (PDP), complete and submit online applications via Blue Access for ProducersSM. After logging in, click on the Medicare icon and choose the “Plan Select & Enroll” tool to begin.
Enrollment application tips:
Resources: For more information, see the following: