Special Enrollment Period Announced for Medicare Beneficiaries Affected by Tropical Storm Nicholas

Sept. 20, 2021

BATON ROUGE, La. –  Louisiana residents who were eligible but unable to enroll in a Medicare plan because of Tropical Storm Nicholas 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 Dec. 31, 2021. To be eligible for the SEP, an individual must be eligible to enroll in a Medicare plan, but was unable to do so because of the tropical storm. 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 think they may be eligible and want more details about the SEP or information about Blue Cross Medicare Advantage plans are encouraged to call 1-800-232-4967 (TTY 711), 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., 7 days a week or visit www.bcbsla.com/blueadvantage

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is committed to our mission to improve the health and lives of Louisianians. Founded in New Orleans in 1934, we are a tax-paying nonprofit health insurer with offices in every major region to serve our customers. We were recognized in 2019 and 2020 as an honoree of The Civic 50, named by Points of Light as one of the 50 most community-minded companies in the United States. 

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. We are a private mutual company, owned by our policyholders, with an independent Louisiana Board of Directors and no shareholders. We invite all Louisianians to visit our website at www.bcbsla.com or talk to us on social media.