Special Medicare Enrollment Period Available to Those Affected by California Wildfires

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a special enrollment period (SEP) for those who have been affected by a weather-related emergency or major disaster such as the fires in Los Angeles and Orange County.

Residents have until March 31, 2018 for first-time enrollment in Medicare or to make changes to their Medicare health and prescription drug plans. Enrollments made between December 8 and December 31, 2017, are effective January 1, 2018.

Anyone who lives in, or previously lived in, an area for which the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has declared an emergency or major disaster (see www.fema.gov/disasters) is eligible for the SEP. In addition, those who do not live in the impacted areas but receive assistance from someone living in one of the affected areas also qualify.

For help with Medicare enrollment, please call one of our experts at 883-827-4975.

For more information on the SEP, please refer to these FAQs from CMS:

Emergencies and Major Disasters – Additional Opportunities to Join, Drop or Switch Medicare Health and Prescription Drug Plans & Other Guidance 


Enrollment Issues for Weather Related Emergencies and Major Disasters: Questions and Answers for Medicare Beneficiaries