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Medicare Part D Notice Deadline Approaching Soon

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Prior to the Medicare Part D annual enrollment period and no later than October 14, 2018, employers that provide prescription drug coverage must provide a notice of creditable or non-creditable coverage to Medicare-eligible individuals.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Medicare Part D , Creditable Coverage Notice , Medicare , October 14th , CMS , Model Notice
With open enrollment fast approaching for many employers, it is a good time to review what materials are necessary for open enrollment and what employer notices are required to distribute and when. Some employer notices are provided when participants first become covered under a health and welfare plan and others have an annual distribution requirement.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: Employer Notice , SPD , SMM , SAR , Medicare Part D , Notice of Creditable Coverage , COBRA , HIPAA , CHIP , Wellness , Grandfathered Status , WHCRA , Michelle's Law , ADA

Consumer Driven Health Care Activity on the Hill

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The House Ways and Means Committee marked up several bills mid-July that would raise contribution limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) and expand the allowable uses of these accounts, at a cost of $41 billion over ten years, the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimates. Collectively all the bills would cost an estimated $92 billion over the next ten years.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , Health Savings Accounts , FSA , Flexible Spending Account , OTC , Internal Revenue Code , Medicare and HSA eligibility , Premium Tax Credit , Medical Device Tax , Cadillac Tax , IRS , ACA , HDHP

Medicare Part D Disclosure Due to CMS by March 1

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Entities that provide prescription drug coverage to Medicare Part D eligible individuals must disclose to CMS whether the coverage is "creditable prescription drug coverage".
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Categories: Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: CMS , Creditable Coverage , March 1st , Disclosure , Medicare Part D Notice
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced that it would make available special enrollment periods for Medicare beneficiaries and people wanting to procure Federal Exchange health insurance plans who were impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Medicare , CMS , Exchange , Marketplace , Hurricane , Irma , Harvey , Maria , Special Enrollment Period , SEP , Open Enrollment

Employer Plan Notices Are Now in Season!

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With open enrollment fast-approaching for many employers, it is also a good time for employers to take stock of whether they have provided all necessary documents and notices for their health and welfare benefit plans to their employees and plan participants this year.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: Notice , Compliance , Benefits , SPD , SMM , SBC , SAR , Medicare Part D , Notice of Creditable Coverage , COBRA , HIPAA , CHIP , WHCRA , Wellness , ADA , Grandfathered Plan , MIchelle's Law
The IRS recently released an information letter addressing the question of whether an employee who establishes and funds an HSA while enrolled in Medicare must pay a fine to the IRS.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , health savings account , IRS , information letter , Internal Revenue Service , Medicare

Medicare Part D Notice Deadline Approaching Soon

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Prior to the Medicare Part D annual enrollment period and no later than October 14, 2016, employers that provide prescription drug coverage must provide a notice of creditable or non-creditable coverage to Medicare-eligible individuals.
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Categories: Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Medicare Part D , CMS , DOL , Notice

Medicare Entitlement Affects HSA Eligibility

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Medicare entitlement (covered by Medicare) affects an individual’s eligibility to make or receive health savings account (HSA) contributions. Understanding the difference between being eligible for Medicare and being entitled to Medicare is critical to understanding when the individual can no longer make or receive HSA contributions.
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Categories: Compliance | Tags: HSA , Medicare