Apple is extending its MacBook Pro Repair Extension Program for Video Issues until Dec. 31, 2016, according to an updated support document on its website. The program was previously set to expire on Feb. 27, 2016.
Apparently, only a small percentage of all of the MacBook Pros made during that period are affected with the problem, which manifests itself as distorted or missing video and random restarts. The devices include 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros manufactured in 2011, and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros from mid 2012 to early 2013.
You can check to see if your laptop is eligible by using Apple's "check your coverage" tool. Enter your hardware serial number, and if your MBP is eligible, you'll just need to back everything up and take the computer to your Apple Store or authorized repair center. Also, if you brought your MacBook Pro in for a repair and had to pay for it, contact Apple -- they may reimburse the cost of previous repairs made to your machine.