In 2019, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will make an important change to the ongoing Special Enrollment Period for Low Income Subsidy or Dual Eligible beneficiaries (LIS/Dual SEP). Current policy allows eligible customers to change their Medicare & Medicaid Advantage Plan, or Part D Prescription Drug Plan every month if they so desire.
Starting on January 1, 2019, the allowable frequency for LIS/Dual SEP will change. Customers who are eligible for LIS/Dual SEP will only be permitted to make changes to their coverage once per quarter during the first nine months of the year:
- January – March
- April – June
- July – September
The LIS/Dual Special Enrollment Period may not be used in the 4th quarter of the year (October – December)