Medicare Part D open enrollment extended

RALEIGH — A request made by the North Carolina Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program for an extension to the Medicare Part D open enrollment period has been approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as the Administration for Community Living, for the 16 counties hit hardest by Hurricane Matthew.

That extension includes those in Bladen, Columbus, Robeson, Sampson, Pender and Cumberland counties.

The special enrollment period is extended to any North Carolina Medicare beneficiary affected by Hurricane Matthew and the flooding that followed, and will run through the end of December for enrollment into Part D plans effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Those beneficiaries not living in the above-mentioned counties but who receive assistance from someone living in the affected counties may also qualify for the special enrollment period.

For assistance, Medicare beneficiaries may contact their local SHIIP coordinating site for plan comparisons, and must then contact Medicare for enrollment at 1-800-633-4227.