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CMS Change to LIS/Dual Special Enrollment Period | |
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 clients 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. Clients 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).