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Statement by Joe Baker, President of the Medicare Rights Center, on Extension of Needed Relief for Marketplace Enrollees Who Missed Medicare Enrollment
New York, NY—Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a year-long extension, through September 30, 2018, of a critical exception for certain Marketplace enrollees who delayed or declined Medicare enrollment. This process—known as time-limited equitable relief—lifts the burden of lifetime late enrollment penalties and gaps in health coverage for people with Marketplace plans who mistakenly missed signing up for Medicare.
With today’s announcement, CMS heeded the call of consumer advocates, insurers, and health care providers who agreed that this important relief should be extended. Our national helpline continues to help people apply for time-limited equitable relief. People hampered by costly penalties and going without needed health care will benefit from today’s smart decision.
We applaud CMS for doing right by people new to Medicare, and we look forward to working with our agency partners, State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs), local Social Security Offices, and others to help people access this critical relief.
For more information on time-limited equitable relief and how to apply, see Medicare Rights’ online resource, Medicare Interactive, and:
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