Medicare: Social Security offers equitable relief, or late enrollment

There have been major phone system delays with Social Security in 2022 that hindered people from enrolling in Medicare.

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Now, those who’s enrollment periods have ended can ask for additional time to enroll.

You may sign up for the equitable relief to enroll later.

Social Security: What are retroactive benefits?

You can visit a local Social Security office or call 1-800-772-1213.

Your state health insurance assistance program center may assist you as well.

You just need to inform the staff you’ve had issues getting through on the phone to enroll.

Can I pay Medicare premiums with a HSA?

Enrolling in Medicare with equitable relief

If you apply for the equitable relief, you have until Dec. 30 to enroll in Medicare.

The general enrollment period ended March 31, 2022.

By choosing to sign up for the relief, you can avoid late enrollment penalties.

In addition to penalties being waived, those who ran up medical bills can request retroactive Medicare coverage as far back as Jan. 1, 2022.