Additionally, CMS is working closely with SSA to coordinate and push out information regarding Part B to ease enrollment challenges. NAHU has let CMS know that local SSA offices appear to operate differently with respect to handling enrollment cases. As of now, CMS will relax the requirement for wet signatures. In addition, if the beneficiary is unable to obtain the completed employer form, there are alternate forms of documentation that are acceptable. These are documents that they are likely to have in their possession, such as tax returns, paystubs and health insurance cards. SSA is also working on creating methods to submit this information via a dedicated fax number and a few other ideas they are considering.
Be sure to monitor these web links to get the latest changes in Medicare enrollment. NAHU will continue to be your source for the latest information and we will continue to send out information as events warrant.