As of March 17, 2020 the Social Security offices have been closed due to COVID-19. This presents some challenges for Medicare Beneficiaries signing up for Medicare after age 65.
Prior to COVID, we always recommended that post-65 Medicare Beneficiaries take the completed Part B enrollment forms (CMS-40B and CMS L564) to the Social Security office to sign up for Medicare Part B. After the Social Security offices closed, we were told to have Beneficiaries mail the CMS forms to the local Security Security office to sign-up for Part B which presents other challenges with lost mail, timing delays with postal mail, and risks of going to the Post Office to mail certified mail.
New Submission Method - FAX
We are excited to announce that Medicare beneficiaries can now fax Medicare Part B form, CMS-40B and CMS L564- Request for Employment Information, along with proof of employment, Group Health Plan (GHP), or Large Group Health Plan (LGHP) to
Social Security also temporarily removed the requirement that the Employer has to sign the CMS L564 form. As long as you provide proof of employment (e.g paystub) and proof of Group Health Plan, the Employer signature is not required on the CMS L564 form.
You can read more info here: https://www.ssa.gov/thirdparty/whatsnew.html?utm_campaign=thirdparty&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
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