If you’re affected by a disaster or emergency declaration by the President or a Governor, or an announcement of a public health emergency by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, there is certain additional support available to you.
- Part A, Part B, and supplemental Part C plan benefits are to be provided at specified noncontracted facilities (note that Part A and Part B benefits must be obtained at Medicare-certified facilities);
- Where applicable, requirements for gatekeeper referrals are waived in full;
- Plan-approved out-of-network cost-sharing amounts are temporarily reduced; and.
- The 30-day notification requirement to members is waived, as long as all the changes (such as reduction or cost-sharing and waiving authorization) benefit the member.
If CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) hasn’t provided an end date for the disaster or emergency, plans will resume normal operation 30 days after the initial declaration.