On November 3, 2022, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized rules that implement provisions of the Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification (BENES) Act. Among other things, those provisions, which went into effect January 1, 2023:
- Abolish lags in the effective date for Medicare enrollments during the Initial Enrollment Period and General Enrollment Period;
- Establish new Special Enrollment Periods;
- Erase late enrollment penalties for individuals using the Special Enrollment Periods; and
- Extend Part B coverage of immune-suppressive drugs for kidney transplant recipients.