On August 10, Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) introduced H.R. 6662, the Empowering Seniors’ Enrollment Decision Act of 2018, into Congress.
If passed, the bill will amend Section 1851(e)(2)(F) of title XVIII in the Social Security Act to “extend the special election period under part C of the Medicare program for certain deemed individuals enrolled in a reasonable cost reimbursement contract to certain nondeemed individuals enrolled in such contract.” Generally speaking, this means it will extend the open enrollment for Medicare Cost plans.
Medicare Cost plans are private Medicare plans that are only available in certain parts of the United States. Currently, enrollees can join a Medicare Cost plan anytime the plan is accepting new members.
As of now, the Empowering Seniors’ Enrollment Decision Act of 2018 is in the beginning stage of the legislative process. The House has referred the bill to the Committees on Ways and Means and Energy Commerce for review. It will move towards markup with the support of both committee staffs. Once through the Committees, the bill will go to the House for approval.