As part of the Medicare Advisory Group of National Association of Health Underwriters, we actively lobby for key issues that affect Medicare Beneficiaries. One issue that many individuals have been impacted by is Cobra as Credible Coverage. You can read more about these Cobra situations here.
HR 6184, The Medicare Enrollment Protection Act was introduced by Representatives Bob Dold (R-IL-10) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR-5) this week. The pending bill will allow individuals age 65+ with Cobra coverage to sign-up for Medicare Part B at any point during their Cobra coverage period.
This bill is still pending, so until it passes the House & Senate, the current rules still apply which requires individuals age 65+ on Cobra to sign-up for Part B of Medicare within 8 months of losing their active employment status.
We will continue to raise awareness of this issue and press to get this fix included in a later legislative package.
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