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Four Key Changes in the Biden Administration’s Final Rule on Medicare Enrollment and Eligibility

(By Nancy Ochieng , Juliette Cubanski, and Tricia Neuman for The Kaiser Family Foundation published December 15, 2022)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule on October 28, 2022 to implement several changes in Medicare enrollment and eligibility that were included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA). These changes are designed to minimize gaps in coverage for people who sign up for Medicare and improve access to care by shortening the gap between Medicare enrollment and coverage; creating new Special Enrollment Periods for individuals whose coverage would otherwise be delayed due to challenging circumstances, such as a natural disaster; and extending coverage of immunosuppressive drugs for certain beneficiaries with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) who would otherwise lose coverage for these drugs after their kidney transplant. Continue reading here…

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