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Hurricane victims get special enrollment period for healthcare exchange, Medicare

Staff Writer |
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said it is opening a special enrollment periods for Medicare and the healthcare exchange for people affected by the recent hurricane season.

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Some U.S. residents affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma or Maria may be able to make changes to their Medicare plan or drop the plan starting from the beginning of the incident date through the end of the calendar year.

The CMS also opened up 2017 plan enrollment for those who experienced a special qualifying event between 60 days before the qualifying event and December 31.

The regular open enrollment period for the healthcare exchange for 2018 plans is November 1-December 15. People who live in areas affected by hurricanes could have until December 31 to enroll.

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