Can I file an appeal if the deadline has passed?
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Last Update: January 26, 2006
If you can show “good cause” of why you did not file an appeal on time, you can file a late appeal. The good cause exception applies at each level of the Medicare appeals process. "Good cause" reasons for filing late are judged on a case-by-case basis, so there is no complete list of acceptable reasons for filing an appeal late, but some examples include:
- The coverage notice you are appealing was mailed to the wrong address.
- A Medicare representative gave you incorrect information about the claim you are appealing.
- You or a close family member you were caring for was ill and you could not handle business matters.
- The person you are helping appeal a claim is illiterate, does not speak English, or could not otherwise read or understand the coverage notice.
If you think you have a good reason for not appealing on time, send in your appeal with a clear explanation of why your appeal is late.