Each year, Medicare Part D requires group health plan sponsors to provide Medicare Part D notices to Medicare-eligible individuals before Oct. 15.
They must also disclose to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) whether the health plan’s prescription drug coverage is creditable.
Employers should confirm whether their health plans’ prescription drug coverage is creditable or non-creditable and prepare to send their Medicare Part D disclosure notices by Oct. 14, 2017. To make the process easier, employers who send out open enrollment packets prior to Oct. 15 often include the Medicare Part D notices in these packets.
CMS has provided two model notices for employers to use:
- A Model Creditable Coverage Disclosure Notice for when the health plan’s prescription drug coverage is creditable;
- A Model Non-creditable Coverage Disclosure Notice for when the health plan’s prescription drug coverage is not creditable.
Employers are not required to use disclosure notices from CMS, but certain information and language is required. Visit the CMS website for specific information.
See MMA’s Benefit Alert for additional information.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a complex law. Any statements made by Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC concerning tax, accounting, or legal matters are based solely on our experience as insurance brokers and risk consultants and are not to be relied upon as accounting, tax, or legal advice. We recommend that you seek the advice of your own tax, accounting and legal advisers as to whether or not the health plans you select are compliant with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, including the minimum essential coverage requirements.
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