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Medicare Part D Reporting Reminder

Posted on December 14th, 2022

Annual Medicare Part D reporting is required for all employers who provide health benefits with prescription drug coverage. The reporting is an online filing to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and it lets CMS know if the prescription drug coverage available on the employer’s health plan is “creditable.”

The Medicare Part D reporting helps CMS determine if a person enrolling in a stand-alone Part D plan is subject to a late enrollment penalty. Late enrollment penalties apply for individuals who delay enrollment in a Part D plan upon first becoming eligible unless they have prescription drug coverage elsewhere that is at least as good as the standard Part D plan (i.e., it is creditable coverage).

It is up to the employer to determine and report the creditable coverage status of their prescription benefits. Most employer plans will be considered creditable, but CMS has put together a simplified determination document to assist employers in that process.

The filing must be done on an annual basis, and it must be submitted within 60 days of the start of the plan year. Those employers with a calendar year plan should be preparing to submit their Medicare Part D reporting by March 2, 2023. The reporting is required for the employer regardless of whether the health plan is fully
insured or self-insured and regardless of whether the employer’s health plan is primary or secondary to Medicare.

The filing process only takes a few minutes, and no user ID or password is required to complete the reporting. Employers should be prepared to provide the following information for the filing:

Employer name
Employer Federal ID number (i.e., Tax ID number)
Contact information
Type of plan (usually this will be “Group health plan: Employer-sponsored plan”)
Plan year start and end date
Approximate number of individuals and retirees covered under the plan who are enrolled in Medicare
Date Part D creditable coverage notice was provided to employees (must be provided by October
14th of each year)

Whether creditable coverage status has changed from the previous year

The disclosure form to submit the reporting can be found by clicking here.


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