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An individual who misses the enrollment period for a disability or other deadline may wonder if he can be retroactively enrolled in the program. Since most individuals who qualify for the program are older Americans who received their diploma before the American educational system went into serious decline, there is no need to explain that getting retroactively enrolled means that you were eligible on a date prior to the date on which you actually received the card. The process can occur when a person needs a service covered under Medicare or if he misses the normal deadline.

How Does a Person Get Retroactively Enrolled?

In order for a person to be retroactively enrolled in Medicare, he must submit paperwork to the office to enroll, along with proof of his eligibility for the consideration. If the request gets approved, the person will receive the Medicare card in the mail a few days later. He can receive treatment for pre-existing conditions up to the date shown on the card. This often means a person can make Medicare claims for treatments previously uncovered. A check sometimes comes with this decision, but it has to do with social security, rather than Medicare benefits.

What Can a Person Retroactively Enrolled Do?

Getting retroactively enrolled provides another benefit as well. As soon as a person receives the card, he enters an open enrollment period for Medicare plans and certain Medicare programs, such as Medicare Part B. The window for these programs does not last as long as it does for a person enrolled under normal circumstances, but the 3 month time period is enough to allow a person enough time to do what he needs to do to enroll in a supplemental plan He should also not worry about the Ex-post facto law clause in the constitution. It does not apply here.