Please be advised that a state of emergency was extended for certain Florida counties. This declaration allows for a one-time Special Enrollment Period (SEP), in the event beneficiaries were unable to make an election during another qualifying election period. Please reference the following guidelines for the incident period. This DST-SEP applies to the Florida counties listed below.

Important Compliance Information

Who is eligible:

This SEP opportunity is ONLY available to beneficiaries who:​

  • Are residents of an area where a federal, state, or local government entity has declared a disaster or other emergency, or they do not reside in an affected area but rely on assistance from one or more people who do, in order to make healthcare decisions; and or resided at the beginning of the DST-SEP eligibility period outlined in this guidance.
  • Were qualified to run for office again during the DST-SEP qualifying period.
  • Failed to hold an election within the subsequent legitimate election period because of a calamity or other emergency.

Details :

Impacted Counties: Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Brevard, Calhoun, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Gulf, Hamilton, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Manatee, Marion, Nassau, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Volusia, and Wakulla Counties. 

Incident Period: The amended incident period is August 26, 2023 – August 16, 2024. The declaration extension was announced on June 17, 2024.

Timeframe: Effective immediately, individuals meeting the requirements listed above can enroll, dis-enroll, or switch MAPD or PDP plans until October 31, 2024.

*Note: After the application has been submitted, eligible enrollments will take effect on the first of the following month.


At the beneficiary’s desire, brokers can accept or submit an application for a Medicare Advantage or Prescription Drug Plan by completing these steps:

  1. Obtain a compliant Consent to Contact (C2C).
  2. Capture a compliant Scope of Appointment (SOA).
  3. Host a compliant 1:1 appointment.
  4. If the beneficiary is prepared to enroll, complete an application noting this DST-SEP, by selecting the Emergency or Major Disaster option.

WARNING! Only select one election type.

Wellcare will communicate any changes to this DST-SEP, if necessary, when they become available. Please utilize Wellcare’s DST-SEP Resource for a complete listing of all active, pending and recently expired DST-SEP notifications.

We are dedicated to providing exceptional service, so please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated Total Benefit Solutions health insurance specialists at (215)-355-2121 or fill out the contact form below. We are available to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have.