This is welcome news for the thousands devastated by Hurricane Sandy. CMS is extending Medicare Open Enrollment for seniors who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. “We are committed to giving people with Medicare the information and the time they need to make important decisions about their coverage,” Medicare spokeswoman Isabella Leung said.
If you or a loved one need an extension on your Medicare Open Enrollment, call Medicare’s 24-hour information line,1- 800-Medicare (1-800-633-4227) to speak to a Medicare representative. If you have a family member or loved one who usually helps you with your Medicare paperwork who has been affected by the storm, you are also eligible for an extension for you Medicare Open Enrollment. CMS is not requiring people asking for an extension to prove that they were affected by the storm.
If Medicare does not hear from you, you will be automatically re-enrolled in your current Medicare Advantage plan. We’re only one month away from the December 7th deadline to switch Medicare Advantage plans. Remember, like last year, Medicare Advantage enrollees will only have one chance to change their Medicare Advantage plans, and after that, will be locked into that plan for all of 2013.
After December 7th, you will still have the option to disenroll from your Medicare Advantage plan until February 14th, and you will be allowed to enroll in traditional Medicare and a separate Medicare Part D prescription drug plan.