50 Wishes for
Medicare’s Future

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Wish #17:
Eliminate coverage gaps during the Initial Enrollment Period (IEP)

Even beneficiaries who enroll in Medicare during their IEP (the seven-month period to enroll when someone is first Medicare-eligible) can face gaps in coverage. Enrollment in the last months of the IEP can result in up to three months without any outpatient (Part B) Medicare coverage. Congress should eliminate needless gaps in coverage during the IEP and start coverage the month immediately following enrollment.