California Health Advocates joins many organizations across the nation in advocating for ongoing Special Enrollment Periods (SEPs) for Medicare Advantage and Part D plans, and equitable relief for premium Medicare Part A and B during the pandemic.
Older adults and people with disabilities are at high risk of infection, serious illness, and even death from COVID-19, and if they do not have health coverage, they may not be able to obtain medical treatment at a time when they need it most.
This letter requests the immediate reinstatement of two critical COVID-19 related Medicare enrollment flexibilities: the Special Enrollment Period for Part C and Part D, and Equitable Relief for Premium Part A and Part B. These policies should remain in effect through December 31 of the year the public health emergency ends, at a minimum, and coverage should begin no later than the first day of the month following enrollment. These enrollment flexibilities will ensure all Medicare-eligible individuals can access their coverage during this challenging time.
Read the full letter here.