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Letter From 50 Organizations Calling on CMS to Ease Medicare Enrollment During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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The Medicare Rights Center and 49 state and national organizations urge the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to reinstate two policies to help people sign up for Medicare amid the COVID-19 pandemic: a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for Part C and Part D and Equitable Relief for Premium Part A and Part B.

CMS established these enrollment pathways last May, appropriately promoting access to coverage and care during the COVID-19 public health crisis. However, the enrollment flexibilities were allowed to lapse shortly thereafter, despite clear and ongoing needs.

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