On March 10th through the 15th, 2023, major storms hit parts of Northwestern Nevada, bringing rain, flooding, snow, ice, and windstorms through the area. The weather was so intense that Governor Lombardo issued a severe weather state of emergency in several Nevada counties. Medicare members who missed their opportunity to change plans may be eligible to change Medicare plans outside of open enrollment. Here’s what you need to know.
Governor Lombardo issued a severe weather state of emergency
Because of the major storms hitting Northwestern Nevada in early March, 2023, Governor Lombardo issued severe weather state of emergency proclamations on March 10th and 11th covering 14 of Nevada’s 17 counties. These are the counties impacted by the state of emergency:
- Carson City
- Churchill County
- Douglass County
- Esmerelda County
- Elko County
- Eureka County
- Humboldt County
- Lyon County
- Mineral County
- Nye County
- Storey County
- Washoe County
- White Pine County
- Yomba Shoshone Tribe
These state of emergency proclamations added several protections for residents in affected areas, including an extended deadline to change Medicare Advantage plans.
Medicare members are eligible for emergency special enrollment period
Normally, Medicare Advantage members cannot change their plans after March 31st. But as a result of the state of emergency, many Medicare members are now eligible for a special enrollment period that will allow for a one-time Medicare Advantage Plan change.
To be eligible for changing Medicare outside of open enrollment, members must meet the following criteria:
- Live in a county or area where the emergency has been declared
- Did not make a plan change during the 2023 Medicare Advantage open enrolment period (January 1st through March 31st)
If you’d like to take advantage of this special enrollment period, you’ll need to make your plan change by May 31st, 2023.
HBA can help you change Medicare plans
Severe weather is a serious issue. Make sure you’re covered in case of an emergency. If you qualify for this special special enrollment period to change Medicare plans — or if you’re unsure — contact the professionals at Health Benefits Associates. We’ll help you identify the health coverage option to suit your unique needs and situation, so you can enjoy more peace of mind.