COVID 19 Info – March 27, 2020

Information via the Colo Gerontological Society:

  1. Social Security field offices are closed, but individuals can make appointments if they are in a dire situation and there is a problem with their Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability Income and/or Social Security. Most Social Security employees are continuing to work remotely processing claims.
  2. Medicare Part C or Medicare Advantage plans are required to pay for all costs associated with COVID-testing. THERE ARE NO-COPAYS.
  3. Medicare Part D has relaxed the early re-fill policy; thus individuals can get their medications filled upon request. Furthermore, individuals can request additional re-fills such as a 90-day supply without waiting.
  4. Telehealth is available to Medicare and Medicaid providers. Physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other medical professionals such as counselors, specialists, and others can bill Medicare and Medicaid for phone calls, video conferencing, or other virtual contact. This reduces the need for Medicare/Medicaid beneficiaries to not have to leave their home and get the care they need.

MBI

Medicare began the transition from utilizing Social Security numbers (SSN) to a new combination of letters and numbers, known as the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI), in 2018.  Up until 12/31/2019, we have been able to continue submit apps with SSNs.No can do now.  As of 1/1/2020, a MBI is required on applications to supplement and Medicare Advantage insurers.This will most greatly impact people entering Medicare and not allowing enough time to receive their Medicare numbers.  I've often said that the hardest part of Medicare enrollment is NOT choosing the right Med Advantage or supplement plan, but it's getting your number from Medicare/Social Security!You need to allow yourself 3-4 weeks prior to the effective date you desire to obtain that MBI.Regardless of whether you are just turning 65 or older and retiring, I can help you with the entire enrollment process - getting that MBI, supplement or Med Advantage and Rx plans.

Resources

       
  • Medicare Savings Program (Medicaid):  Free consultation and enrollment assistance 1-855-293-6911

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