Make it easy for new-to-Medicare people
Every day, 10,000 Americans turn 65 and become Medicare-eligible. But enrolling in Medicare is very complicated, especially for people who are still working. All too often, people new-to-Medicare make costly mistakes.
Despite the diversity of circumstances among newly eligible Medicare beneficiaries, the transition traps they fall into are very much the same and can be addressed through notification and education prior to turning age 65.
If Congress, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) don’t do more to support people new-to-Medicare, newly enrolled Medicare beneficiaries may face lifetime late enrollment penalties, higher health care costs, gaps in coverage and disruptions in their care.