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    Annual CMS Notice due October 15

    Authored by Bukaty Companies on September 27, 2021

    Employers have an annual obligation to issue a creditable or non-creditable coverage notice to all plan participants who are Medicare eligible, including dependents and retirees. The notice, due October 15, informs Medicare-eligible participants whether their prescription drug coverage is at least as good as Medicare.

    Should a prescription drug plan provide benefits that are less than Medicare offers, the coverage is deemed non-creditable. Medicare-eligible plan members with non-creditable coverage would be advised to enroll in a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan to avoid penalties at a future enrollment date.

    Model notices are available to download from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

    Download the Creditable Coverage disclosure notice.

    Download the Non-creditable Coverage disclosure notice.

    Most fully insured prescription drug plans are creditable. If you are unsure which notice to use, please check with your Bukaty Companies benefits consultant.

    Online disclosure also required
    An online disclosure requires employers to verify whether their company’s prescription drug coverage is creditable or non-creditable as defined by CMS. This disclosure requirement must be completed no later than 60 days after the beginning of a plan year. This is an annual requirement.

    For additional information, contact your Bukaty benefits consultant at 913.345.0440.