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Covid 19 ( Corona Virus) and Medicare

We run Suzie Health Solutions in Wenatchee, WA. In addition to running the Full Service Enrollment Center for the Washington Healthplanfinder. We help people navigate through Medicare without charging fees and assist in filling in any coverage gaps. 

So far Centers for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has not opened a special enrollment with FEMA under the declared Emergency. But there are some special benefits going on for Medicare enrollees because of the Emergency Waver

As a result of the Covid- 19 outbreak, have you lost your group health insurance offered through your or your spouse's job? Are you age 65 or older? If so, you, or someone you know in the same situation, should enroll in Medicare coverage right away as you most likely qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.

If you already signed up for Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) while you were actively working, you’ll need to complete the following two forms and get them together to the nearest Social Security office:

  1. Application for enrollment in Medicare Part B (medical insurance) Form 40B (and in Spanish)
  2. Request for employment information Form L564 (and in Spanish)

Matt & Suzie McColm

If you have not yet signed up for Medicare Part A and Part B and want to enroll, go to the Wenatchee Social Security Office.

The sooner you enroll, the better. Social Security will honor the date it receives your application, even under COVID19-related circumstances in which you’re unable to get the employer’s signature on the Request for employment information (Form L564). Social Security will accept the following documentation during this Special Enrollment Period:

  • Income tax returns that show health insurance premiums paid.
  • W-2s that show pre-tax medical contributions.
  • Pay stubs that reflect health insurance premium deductions.
  • Health insurance cards with a policy effective date.
  • Explanations of benefits paid by your employer health plan.
  • Statements or receipts that show payment of health insurance premiums.

Once you’re enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B, you can choose to also enroll in a Medicare Supplement and a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan or enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan.

If you need help enrolling or have other Medicare-related questions, call Suzie at 509-295-9055. We can do a lot over the phone or at a distance to keep everyone safe. You can even set an easy appointment online


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