Medicare Open Enrollment Deadline Extended Due to Superstorm Sandy

The Federal Government is giving those hit by Superstorm Sandy a break. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the December 7 deadline for Medicare Open Enrollment. A new deadline has not been established yet, but as long as Medicare beneficiaries call Medicare’s 24-hour information line at 1-800-Medicare, they can still enroll after the deadline. Representatives will review available plans and complete the enrollment process over the phone.

Open Enrollment is held from October 15 to December 7 each year. During this time period, people who qualify for Medicare (65 years old and older, or who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits) can obtain, drop or change Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans.

Those who are currently enrolled in a Medicare plan and do not take the necessary steps to make changes will be automatically re-enrolled in the same plan for 2013.