The Social Security Administration closed all offices in March due to COVID-19, resulting in newly Medicare-eligible individuals having a tough time signing up. In order to assist these individuals NAHC has joined forces with 75 other agencies in sending a letter to Alex Azar, the Secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help people signup during this COID-19 crisis.

“As proposed suggestions, the letter calls for:

  • Creation of a Medicare special enrollment period (SEP) – Individuals eligible for Medicare that have not been able to sign-up in another period would be able to with coverage to start immediately.
  • Enactment of Medicare presumptive eligibility guidance – As appointments for Medicare application are being scheduled months out, individuals who submit an application should be found presumptively eligible with immediate effectuation.
  • Suspension of two-year waiting period – This would be targeted towards disabled Americans qualifying for Social Security Disability Insurance and would allow for immediate coverage.”

Click here to read the letter in its entirety.


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