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August 30, 2011

Reminder: Change in Medicare Part D Open Enrollment Period

As mentioned earlier this year (see Medicare Part D Updates, Benefit Beat, May 2011), the health care reform law changed the Medicare Part D annual enrollment period.  Beginning this year, the Medicare Part D enrollment period will take place from October 15, 2011 through December 7, 2011.   Therefore, all Medicare Part D notices of creditable or non-creditable coverage must be provided prior to October 15, 2011.  CMS issued revised model Notices of Creditable and Non-Creditable Coverage to be used on or after April 1, 2011, in both English and Spanish:

  • Model Individual Creditable Coverage Disclosure Notice Language (English or Spanish)
  • Model Individual Non-Creditable Coverage Disclosure Notice Language (English or Spanish)


The information contained in this Benefit Beat is not intended to be legal, accounting, or other professional advice, nor are these comments directed to specific situations.

As required by U.S. Treasury rules, we inform you that, unless expressly stated otherwise, any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this Benefit Beat is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, by any person for the purpose of avoiding any penalties that may be imposed by the Internal Revenue Service.

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