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When should I apply for Medicare?

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 in

Medicare eligible retirees must enroll in Medicare Part B to continue to be covered under an EUTF retiree medical and/or prescription drug plan.  A spouse/civil union or domestic partner who is enrolled as a dependent under an EUTF retiree medical and/or prescription drug plan must also enroll in Medicare Part B when they become eligible ...
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Both the retiree’s Medicare reimbursement and the spouse/partner’s Medicare reimbursement must be deposited in the same account at the financial institution designated. The retiree must be an account holder on the designated account.

If you are notified by Medicare that your Medicare Part B premium will have an income-related monthly adjustment amount, in other words your Medicare Part B premium is higher than the standard rate due to your higher income level, you will be reimbursed the higher amount. However, you MUST promptly (within two years) send the ...
Read More If my Medicare Part B premium is higher than the standard amount, will EUTF reimburse that amount?

EUTF Administrative Rule 5.04 (a) states: “If an employee-beneficiary becomes eligible to enroll and fails to enroll in the federal Medicare Part B medical insurance plan, the employee-beneficiary’s enrollment in the medical and prescription drug plans offered or sponsored by the Fund and the medical and prescription drug plan coverages for dependent-beneficiaries under that enrollment ...
Read More What will happen if my spouse/partner or I fail to enroll in Medicare Part B when eligible?

Under current law, the amount of your Medicare Part B reimbursement is the amount you are charged by Medicare (minus any penalties for late enrollment). Generally, your reimbursement will be deposited quarterly during the first week of April, July, October and January for the prior quarter. If you became eligible for Medicare Part B after ...
Read More How and when will I be reimbursed for my Medicare Part B premiums?

The Hawaii Revised Statutes 87A-23(4) requires that State and county retirees and their eligible dependents, who are enrolled in EUTF retiree medical and/or prescription drug benefit plans, must be enrolled in Medicare Part B when they become eligible. Active employees considering retirement who are eligible for Medicare should enroll in Medicare Part B prior to ...
Read More Why am I required to enroll in Medicare Part B when I am eligible?

No. There are prescription drugs that may not be included under the Medicare Part D plan but are covered under the EUTF non-Medicare retiree plan. The formulary lists for the SilverScript plans are different from the EUTF and HSTA VB non-Medicare retiree plans. However, in April 2013, EUTF added a supplemental coverage to the SilverScript ...
Read More Is the SilverScript preferred drug list (formulary) the same as the formulary for the CVS Caremark plan for non-Medicare retirees?

Yes. These are bundled coverages and cannot be enrolled in or disenrolled from separately. However, during the next open enrollment, you will be able to enroll in the EUTF (not HSTA VB) PPO medical and vision plans. However, once you disenroll from HSTA VB plans, you will not be able to re-enroll in any HSTA ...
Read More I am a retiree enrolled in the HSTA VB plan. If I enroll in a non-EUTF Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, will I lose medical, vision, and chiropractic benefits?

No.

Coordinating benefits between multiple plans follows standard nationally recognized rules for Coordination of Benefits. When Medicare is involved, the rules have been set by federal legislation which dictates when Medicare is the primary or secondary payer. Whether one plan is primary or secondary depends on the insured’s status and type of plan such as active ...
Read More I have multiple medical and prescription drug plans through different employers. How is it determined how much each plan pays and how much I pay?