The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has extended the Annual Enrollment Period for enrollment in a Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part D insurance plan for the plan year 2013 for those individuals affected by Hurricane Sandy. Medicare Pathways understands that there are things in our lives that are outside of our control and are sympathetic to the victims of Hurricane Sandy, as well as victims to other natural disasters. If you have been affected by Hurricane Sandy and need more time to enroll or change your Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part D Plan one of our Benefits Specialists can guide you through the process. Our trained and knowledgeable Benefit Specialists are ready to assist you in finding and enrolling in a Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part D insurance plan for 2013. Medicare Pathways is available to assist you all year, not just during the Annual Enrollment Period. Medicare Pathways’ Benefit Specialist are committed to superior customer service and will stay in touch with you during the plan year to ensure you are satisfied with your Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part D insurance plan and to address any concerns or questions that should arise. We specialize in Medicare Supplements, Medicare Advantage Plans and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, as well as other insurance needs.
Contact a Benefit Specialist today at 1-866-466-9118 to discuss the plans available in your area and/or begin your enrollment for 2013. Click Here to request a Benefits Specialist to contact you.
The Medicare Open Enrollment Period (also known as “AEP”) ends December 7, 2012; however, if you need more time due to Hurricane Sandy this can be obtained requesting it. The enrollment in your new plan will start the first day of the month after you enroll. For example, if you are unable to complete your enrollment until January 22, 2013, then your new plan will go into effect February 1, 2013.
While the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (also known as “CMS”) encourages you to complete your enrollment by the December 7, 2012, deadline, if you are unable to do so then you will be allowed to enroll in a Medicare insurance plan after the December 7th deadline if you were affected by Hurricane Sandy. However, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services encourages you to complete you enrollment as soon as possible after the deadline. You must notify the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services that you need additional time.
If you do not plan on changing your Medicare insurance plan, or Prescription Drug Plan, you do not need to do anything because the plan will auto-renew and your coverage will continue through the plan year 2013. If you have been informed, or have reason to believe, that your current plan is being discontinued for 2013, you need to confirm this information by contacting your plan carrier (or the insurance company that administers your Medicare insurance policy) or by calling the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid services is relying on the word of individuals who are not directly affected by Hurricane Sandy but need additional time based upon the fact that the individual who assists them in making the health care decision has been affected by the storm. For example, if the Medicare beneficiary lives in California, but has an individual who lives in New York who assists them in making their health care decisions, then additional time is being allowed for the individual in California so they can have the assistance of that individual. However, contact must be made with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to inform them that additional time is needed and the basis for the need.
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