Prescription Drug Coverage for People with Medicare Notice – Retiree
Please read this notice carefully and keep it where you can find it.
This Notice has information about your current prescription drug coverage with the EUTF-sponsored prescription drug coverage available for people who become eligible for Medicare. It also explains the options you have under Medicare’s prescription drug coverage and can help you decide whether or not you want to enroll in that Medicare prescription drug coverage. At the end of this notice is information on where you can get help to make a decision about Medicare’s prescription drug coverage.
- If you and/or your family members are not now eligible for Medicare, and will not be eligible during the next 12 months, you may disregard this Notice.
- If, however, you and/or your family members are now eligible for Medicare or may become eligible for Medicare in the next 12 months, you should read this Notice very carefully and keep a copy of this Notice.
This announcement is required by law whether the group health plan’s coverage is primary or secondary to Medicare. Because it is not possible for our Plan to always know when a Plan participant or their eligible spouse or children have Medicare coverage or will soon become eligible for Medicare we have decided to provide this Notice to all plan participants.
Prescription drug coverage for Medicare-eligible people is available through Medicare prescription drug plans (PDPs) and Medicare Advantage Plans (like an HMO or PPO) that offer prescription drug coverage. All Medicare prescription drug plans provide at least a standard level of coverage set by Medicare. Some plans may also offer more drug coverage for a higher monthly premium.
- The HMSA PPO plan with CVS/Caremark Drug Coverage (either EUTF retirees or HSTA VB retirees)
- The Kaiser HMO Medical Plan
“Creditable” means that the value of this Plan’s prescription drug benefit is, on average for all plan participants, expected to pay out as much as or more than the standard Medicare prescription drug coverage will pay.
Because the plan options noted above are, on average, at least as good as the standard Medicare prescription drug coverage, you can elect or keep prescription drug coverage under the HMSA PPO plan or the Kaiser HMO plan and you will not pay extra if you later decide to enroll in Medicare prescription drug coverage. You may enroll in Medicare prescription drug coverage at a later time, and because you maintain creditable coverage, you will not have to pay a higher premium (a late enrollment fee penalty).
If you decide to join one of the Medicare drug plans, you may be required to provide a copy of this notice when you join to show whether or not you have maintained creditable coverage and, therefore, whether or not you are required to pay a higher premium (a penalty).
WHEN CAN YOU JOIN A MEDICARE DRUG PLAN?
Medicare-eligible people can enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan at one of the following 3 times:
- when they first become eligible for Medicare; or
- during Medicare’s annual election period (from October 15th through December 7th); or
- for beneficiaries leaving employer/union coverage, you may be eligible for a two-month Special Enrollment Period (SEP) in which to sign up for a Medicare prescription drug plan.
When you make your decision whether to enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan, you should also compare your current prescription drug coverage, (including which drugs are covered and at what cost) with the coverage and cost of the plans offering Medicare prescription drug coverage in your area.
YOUR RIGHT TO RECEIVE A NOTICE
You will receive this notice at least every 12 months and at other times in the future such as if the creditable/non-creditable status of the prescription drug coverage through this plan changes. You may also request a copy of a Notice at any time.
WHY CREDITABLE COVERAGE IS IMPORTANT (When you will pay a higher premium (penalty) to join a Medicare drug plan)
If you do not have creditable prescription drug coverage when you are first eligible to enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan and you elect or continue prescription drug coverage under a non-creditable prescription drug plan, then at a later date when you decide to elect Medicare prescription drug coverage you may pay a higher premium (a penalty) for that Medicare prescription drug coverage for as long as you have that Medicare coverage.
Maintaining creditable prescription drug coverage will help you avoid Medicare’s late enrollment penalty. This late enrollment penalty is described below:
- If you go 63 continuous days or longer without creditable prescription drug coverage (meaning drug coverage that is at least as good as Medicare’s prescription drug coverage), your monthly premium may go up by at least 1% of the Medicare base beneficiary premium per month for every month that you did not have either Medicare prescription drug coverage or coverage under a creditable prescription drug plan. You may have to pay this higher premium (the penalty) as long as you have Medicare prescription drug coverage.
- For example, if 19 months pass where you do not have creditable prescription drug coverage, when you decide to join Medicare’s drug coverage your monthly premium will always be at least 19% higher than the Medicare base beneficiary premium. Additionally, if you go 63 days or longer without prescription drug coverage you may also have to wait until the next October to enroll for Medicare prescription drug coverage.
WHAT ARE MY CHOICES?
You can choose any one of the following options:
- If you or your covered dependent(s) are enrolled in the HMSA PPO plan and Medicare, you will still have medical coverage with EUTF and you will automatically be enrolled in the EUTF SilverScript Medicare Part D plan.
- If you enroll in a Non-EUTF Medicare Part D Plan, you will be disenrolled from the EUTF SilverScript Plan because Medicare allows you to enroll in only one Medicare Part D Plan. You will also be disenrolled from the medical plan (and, for HSTA VB Retirees, Vision and Chiropractic plans) as prescription drug coverage is part of the entire medical plan. Please call EUTF before enrolling in another Medicare Part D prescription drug plan.
- At the next EUTF Open Enrollment, you will be able to make election changes.
- If you or your covered dependent(s) are enrolled in the Kaiser HMO plan and Medicare, you will be mailed a Kaiser Senior Advantage enrollment kit. Upon completion of the enrollment kit, Kaiser will automatically enroll you into the Kaiser Senior Advantage plan including prescription drug coverage.
- If you enroll in a Non-EUTF Medicare Part D Plan, you will be disenrolled from the Kaiser Senior Advantage Plan because Medicare allows you to enroll in only one Medicare Part D Plan. You will also be disenrolled from the medical plan (and, for HSTA VB Retirees, Vision and Chiropractic plans) as prescription drug coverage is part of the entire medical plan. Please call EUTF before enrolling in another Medicare Part D prescription drug plan.
- At the next EUTF Open Enrollment, you will be able to make election changes.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR OPTIONS UNDER MEDICARE’S PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE
More detailed information about Medicare plans that offer prescription drug coverage is available in the “Medicare & You” handbook. A person enrolled in Medicare (a “beneficiary”) will get a copy of this handbook in the mail each year from Medicare. A Medicare beneficiary may also be contacted directly by Medicare-approved prescription drug plans.
For more information about Medicare prescription drug coverage:
- Visit www.medicare.gov
- Call your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (see your copy of the Medicare & You handbook for their telephone number), for personalized help
- Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.
For people with limited income and resources, extra help paying for a Medicare prescription drug plan is available. Information about this extra help is available from the Social Security Administration (SSA). For more information about this extra help, visit SSA online at www.ssa.gov, or call them at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).
Para más información sobre sus opciones bajo la cobertura de Medicare para recetas médicas.
Revise el manual “Medicare Y Usted” para información más detallada sobre los planes de Medicare que ofrecen cobertura para recetas médicas. Visite www.medicare.gov por el Internet o llame GRATIS al 1 800 MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). Los usuarios con teléfono de texto (TTY) deben llamar al 1-877-486-2048. Para más información sobre la ayuda adicional, visite la SSA en línea en www.ssa.gov por Internet, o llámeles al 1-800-772-1213 (Los usuarios con teléfono de texto (TTY) deberán llamar al 1-800-325-0778).
For more information about this notice or your current prescription drug coverage contact:
Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF)
201 Merchant Street, Suite 1700
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone Number: (808) 586-7390 or toll-free at 1-800-295-0089
As in all cases, EUTF and, when applicable, the medical plan insurance companies, reserve the right to modify benefits at any time, in accordance with applicable law. This document is intended to serve as your Medicare Part D Notice of Creditable Coverage, as required by law.