New Medicare Rule to Simplify Enrollment and Expand Access

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated Medicare enrollment and eligibility rules to expand coverage for people with Medicare and advance health equity. Issued October 28, a new rule implements changes that make it easier for people to enroll in Medicare and eliminates delays in coverage.

Among the changes, individuals will now have Medicare coverage the month immediately after their enrollment, reducing delays in coverage. The rule also expands access through Medicare special enrollment periods (SEPs) and allows certain eligible beneficiaries to receive Medicare Part B coverage without a late enrollment penalty.

The final rule also establishes a new immunosuppressive drug benefit that extends vital Medicare immunosuppressive drug coverage to certain individuals who have had a kidney transplant and otherwise would lose Medicare coverage.

If you have questions about the new rule or your Medicare coverage options, connect with our trusted partners at HealthShare360.

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