Note to Employers Seeking Medicare Retiree Drug Subsidy: Reconciliation
For employers who offered retiree drug benefits in 2006, and who have made application to receive the subsidy, reconciliation of the 2006 plan year is due 15 months following the close of the plan year. For a calendar year plan, the first reconciliation will be due by March 15, 2008. For plans whose reconciliation would be due prior to that date, an automatic extension is given until November 30, 2007.
The purpose of the reconciliation is to ensure that the amounts being claimed by the employer match Medicare records. A subsidy can only be claimed for drugs reimbursed to individuals listed by Medicare. If an employer has received an interim payment, the reconciliation will show whether CMS has the right to recover; this would occur in the event of an overpayment; or, whether the employer is owed additional money.
The reconciliation process is to be accomplished online via CMS’ Retiree Drug Subsidy website.
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