CMS has extended equitable relief through September 30, 2019 and modified the eligibility criteria to make the relief available to certain individuals who were dually enrolled in both Medicare Part A and coverage through the Health Insurance Exchange. Individuals who meet the eligibility criteria can request the relief at any time through Social Security.
Some beneficiaries did not disenroll from the Exchange upon turning age 65 or they were advised incorrectly. When they attempt to enroll in Part B, there are penalties. This relief gives them an SEP to enroll correctly at any time without penalty.