The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new rules limiting enrollment and disenrollment from Medicare Advantage (Part C) and Part D prescription drug plans for Medicare beneficiaries with low incomes. In the past, people with Medicare and Medi-Cal coverage (also known as dual eligibles) – and beneficiaries with the Part D Extra Help (also known as the low-income subsidy) that lowers their Part D drug costs could change their Medicare Advantage or Part D plan any time throughout the year. The new rule, which became effective January 1, 2019, limits enrollment changes to once per quarter.
With funding from our California Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), our partners, Justice in Aging created a factsheet that explains these changes in detail and how they impact low-income Medicare beneficiaries in California.
Read the fact sheet and share: Medicare Plan Enrollment Changes for Dual Eligibles and Low-Income Subsidy Recipients in California.