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Last Chance to Enroll in 2018 Medicare Advantage Plan, Medicare Prescription Drug Plan or Health Insurance Plan under Obamacare

Sudhir Mathuria  Licensed  Professional Health Life 360 6776 Southwest Freeway, Suite # 178 Houston TX 77074 713-771-2900 www.MyMedicarePlanning.com

Sudhir Mathuria
Licensed Professional
Health Life 360
6776 Southwest Freeway, Suite # 178
Houston TX 77074
713-771-2900
www.MyMedicarePlanning.com

Enrollment Ends on December 31, 2017 for all counties in and around Houston and in Dallas Metroplex area Dallas and Tarrant counties.

As a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will make available special enrollment periods for all Medicare beneficiaries and certain individuals seeking health plans offered through the Federal Health Insurance Exchange. This important step gives these individuals and families who have been impacted by the hurricanes the opportunity to change their Medicare health and prescription drug plans and gain access to health coverage on the Exchange immediately if eligible for a special enrollment period.
CMS established the following special enrollment periods to support individuals impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria:
• Medicare special enrollment period: This special enrollment period will allow individuals affected by these hurricanes to enroll, dis-enroll or switch Medicare health or prescription drug plans. It is available at the start of the incident period and runs through the end of the calendar year.
• Federal Health Insurance Exchange special enrollment period: CMS created this special enrollment period for certain individuals impacted by these hurricanes who need to enroll in a 2017plan through the Exchange or make changes to their existing 2017 plan. This special enrollment period will apply to individuals who experienced a special enrollment period qualifying event between 60 days prior to the start date of the incident period and December 31, 2017, but were unable to complete the application, plan selection, and enrollment process due to a hurricane-related weather event in 2017. This special enrollment period will allow individuals impacted by the storms to select a new 2017 Exchange plan or make changes to their existing plan at any time through December, 31, 2017.
In addition to the special enrollment periods for the 2017, individuals who reside in or move from areas affected by a hurricane in 2017 will be eligible for a special enrollment period that extends the 2018 Annual Open Enrollment Period through December 31, 2017. These special enrollment opportunities are in addition to the Medicare and Exchange annual Open Enrollment Periods this fall and any other enrollment period for which the individual may be eligible. CMS will continue to examine the circumstances in the areas affected by hurricanes and will consider taking action that reaches beyond December 31, 2017, if needed.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D., declared public health emergencies in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands – areas all impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. With the public health emergencies in effect, CMS has temporarily waived or modified certain Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program requirements to provide healthcare providers, facilities, and suppliers the flexibility they need so they can focus on the health and safety of those impacted by the hurricanes.
To determine if an individual is eligible for this SEP, sponsors must first attempt to obtain proof that the individual resided in an affected county (e.g., driver’s license, utility bills, etc.). If the individual is unable to provide such proof, the sponsor must accept the applicant’s attestation that he or she resided in an affected county. For enrollment requests received during the Fall Open Enrollment Period where more than one enrollment effective date is possible, sponsors will need to determine the applicant’s desired effective date. Enrollments made pursuant to this SEP are effective the first of the month following the sponsor’s receipt of the enrollment request, which includes those received in December after the end of the Fall Open Enrollment Period.
To take advantage of prompt Medicare or under 65 health insurance enrollment contact Sudhir Mathuria @ 713-771-2900.


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