Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) recently introduced the Medicare Beneficiary Preservation of Choice Act, with the intention to restore what Medicare Advantage agents knew as the Open Enrollment Period or OEP. “This legislation makes a simple change to existing law that can be a big help to older Americans who want to change their Medicare Advantage plans,” said Senator Casey. “This is an example of a change that can be made to improve the health care law that has broad support.” This legislation would restore the OEP back to its original timeframe.
It looks like this wouldn’t be in play until 2012, but it would still be a great benefit for beneficiaries and agents.
- Here is a link to Senator Bob Casey’s press release.
- Here is a link to an article by News 21.
- Here is link to track the bill’s progress.
Also – Congressman Charlie Gonzalez (D-TX) has introduced H.R. 6502, the Medicare Benefit Preservation of Choice Act in the House.