Special Enrollment Period Announced for Medicare Beneficiaries

March 17, 2021

BATON ROUGE, La. –  Louisiana residents who were eligible but unable to enroll in a Medicare plan because of February’s winter storms now have extra time, per updated guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

The Medicare Special Enrollment Period (SEP) is available through June 30, 2021. To be eligible for the SEP, an individual must have been eligible to enroll in a Medicare plan between Feb. 11 and Feb. 17, 2021, but was unable to do so because of the storms. This includes those whose initial eligibility period ended in February 2021. It also includes those who were eligible because of last year’s hurricanes to enroll during the emergency SEP that ended Feb. 28, but were unable to do so because of the winter storms.

The SEP is also available to people who weren’t affected, but rely on friends or family for making healthcare decisions who were affected.

Louisiana residents who want more details about the SEP or information about Blue Cross Medicare Advantage plans can call 1-800-232-4967 (TTY 711), 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., 7 days a week or visit www.bcbsla.com/blueadvantage

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