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Medicare Announces Special Enrollment Period for Individuals Impacted by Recent Hurricanes

Posted on October 3, 2017 05:44 PM

As a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will make available a special enrollment period for all Medicare beneficiaries to enroll, dis-enroll, or switch Medicare health or prescription drug plans.

Categories: Health Insurance, Medicare

Reminder: Medicare Part D Notice Due Before October 15

Posted on September 5, 2017 05:26 PM

In preparation for the Medicare fall open enrollment period, employers sponsoring group health plans that include prescription drug coverageare required to notify all Medicare-eligible individuals whether such coverage is creditable (i.e., that the coverage is expected to pay, on average, as much as the standard Medicare prescription drug coverage).

Categories: Employee Benefits, Medicare

Medicare Drug Premiums Projected to Decrease in 2018

Posted on August 4, 2017 01:49 PM

The average basic premium for a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan is projected to drop to $33.50 per month in 2018, down from $34.70 in 2017.

Categories: Employee Benefits, Medicare

Reminder: Medicare Part D Online Disclosure to CMS Due March 1, 2017 for Calendar Year Plans

Posted on January 18, 2017 02:57 PM

The Medicare Modernization Act requires employers that provide prescription drug coverage to Medicare Part D-eligible individuals to complete the Online Disclosure Form to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to report whether such coverage is creditable prescription drug coverage.

Categories: Medicare, Reporting and Recordkeeping

New Income Tax Withholding Tables Now Available

Posted on December 19, 2016 07:02 PM

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released Notice 1036, Early Release Copies of the Yearly Percentage Method Tables for Income Tax Withholding.

Categories: Medicare, Social Security

Reminder: Medicare Part D Online Disclosure to CMS Due March 1, 2015 for Calendar Year Plans

Posted on February 9, 2015 08:12 PM

The Medicare Modernization Act requires employers that provide prescription drug coverage to Medicare Part D eligible individuals to complete the Online Disclosure Form to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Categories: Medicare, Reporting and Recordkeeping

Reminder: Medicare Part D Notice Due by October 15th

Posted on September 23, 2014 07:56 PM

Employers sponsoring group health plans that include prescription drug coverage are required to notify all Medicare-eligible individuals whether such coverage is creditable.

Categories: Employee Benefits, Medicare, Reporting and Recordkeeping

Medicare Enrollments Now Available for Eligible Individuals in Same-Sex Marriages

Posted on April 4, 2014 02:32 PM

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is now processing requests for Medicare Part A and Part B Special Enrollment Periods and reductions in late enrollment penalties for certain eligible individuals in same-sex marriages, according to a recent agency announcement.

Categories: Health Insurance, Medicare, State Employment Laws

Reminder: Medicare Part D Online Disclosure to CMS Due March 1, 2014 for Calendar Year Plans

Posted on February 26, 2014 05:41 PM

The Medicare Modernization Act requires employers that provide prescription drug coverage to Medicare Part D eligible individuals to complete the Online Disclosure Form to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Categories: Medicare, Reporting and Recordkeeping

Employers Must Provide Medicare Part D Creditable Coverage Notices Prior to October 15th

Posted on October 1, 2013 03:17 PM

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.

Categories: Health Insurance, Medicare, Reporting and Recordkeeping