Part D Offers Enrollment Flexibility for People Affected by Hurricane Sandy

Part D Offers Enrollment Flexibility for People Affected by Hurricane Sandy

12.12.12 | By

The open enrollment period for Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage has now passed, but there are exceptions that may be of interest to family and friends. For example, CMS is providing a grace period for eligible seniors and disabled Americans who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Here's information from the agency that you may want to pass along:

If you, or someone you rely on for help with Medicare decisions, were affected by Hurricane Sandy, Medicare can help. If the storm caused you to miss the enrollment deadline, you can still make a plan choice for 2013. Medicare will help you enroll in a plan. If you call before December 31st, your coverage will start January 1, 2013.

To enroll in a plan for 2013, you need to call 1-800-MEDICARE. That's 1-800-633-4227. You can call them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to get help. When you call, mention that you were affected by Hurricane Sandy and you were unable to enroll in a plan for 2013.

In addition, there are other circumstances, such as moving or loss of other insurance coverage, that allow people to make changes to their Part D and Medicare Advantage coverage. More information on Special Enrollment Periods (SEPs) is available on the Medicare website.

And if you need a reminder on how Part D works (cool video) or why it has been such a great success, check out the Medicare issues page of our site.

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