Social Security Admin Expands Online Medicare Enrollment Process on SSA.gov
By Casey Schwarz - Medicare Rights - June 11, 2020
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) recently expanded the functionalityof the Medicare enrollment process to accommodate more online applications during the coronavirus pandemic.
Previously, only people applying for Medicare Parts A and B at the same time could use the online portal. People who were already enrolled in Part A and were using a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) or seeking Equitable Relief to enroll in Part B had to submit documentation to SSA in person or via fax—an option made available during the current public health emergency.
Advocates, including the Medicare Rights Center, have long called for a user-friendly online tool to allow for Part B enrollment. We applaud CMS and SSA for introducing this improvement and urge its permanent adoption.