In preparation for the Medicare fall open enrollment period, employers sponsoring group health plans that include prescription drug coverage are required to notify all Medicare-eligible individuals whether such coverage is creditable. Creditable coverage means that the coverage is expected to pay, on average, as much as the standard Medicare prescription drug coverage.
This written disclosure notice must be provided annually prior to October 15th, and at various other times as required under the law, to the following individuals:
- Medicare-eligible active working individuals and their dependents (including a Medicare-eligible individual when he or she joins the plan);
- Medicare-eligible COBRA individuals and their dependents;
- Medicare-eligible disabled individuals covered under an employer’s prescription drug plan; and
- Any retirees and their dependents.
Model notices are available from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Click here for CMS Website or use the editable versions below.
Editable Word Document – Creditable Coverage Notice
Editable Word Document – NonCreditable Coverage Notice
Additionally, employers are required to complete an online disclosure to CMS to report the creditable coverage status of their prescription drug plans. This disclosure is required annually, no later than 60 days from the beginning of a plan year.
The link to the online disclosure is provided below.
Instructions – Click Here For Instructions
Creditable Coverage Disclosure – CMS.gov Creditable Coverage Disclosure
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