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Social Security and Medicare: Communication and Compliance Challenges as Employees Approach Retirement Age

Feb. 5, 2020
Recorded Online

Baby boomers are retiring in big numbers, a trend that will continue for many years. As these employees prepare for retirement, they have questions about Social Security eligibility, and how and when to apply for Medicare benefits. Employees who want to continue working past age 66 also have questions about staying in the workforce will impact their benefits.

When an employee is about to retire or becomes permanently and totally disabled and is no longer able to work, HR and benefits managers can expect a flood of questions about what Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D cover, the amount of the Social Security benefits to which they are entitled based on their age, what they need to do to apply for Social Security or Social Security Disability benefits, and more. It’s important for HR to be able to adequately answer their questions and handle the types of challenges that can come from Medicare and Social Security administration.

It's also critical to navigate the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) rules, especially as they apply to employees who keep working after turning 65. You could face stiff penalties if you improperly try to shift a current plan participant onto Medicare to reduce costs.

Join us for an in-depth webinar on how to answer employees’ questions about benefit options and available resources they can turn to for additional help and how to comply with Medicare reporting requirements.

After attending this webinar, you’ll be able to:

  • Recognize when an employee may sign up for Social Security or Social Security disability benefits
  • Communicate to the workforce about Medicare A, B, C, and D
  • Distinguish between Medicare eligibility and Medicare entitlement — and why it matters
  • Proceed if employee signs up for Medicare and keeps coverage under the company plan
  • Recognize the impact Medicare has on group health plan payments, consumer-driven health insurance, and COBRA — and how to know when you must continue employee health benefits after Medicare starts due to intersecting obligations
  • Explain the risk of Medicare late enrollment penalties to retirees who take COBRA
  • Master Medicare reporting essentials
  • Apply the MSP rules to your particular plan
  • And more!

Presenter: Steven Mindy, Partner, Katten

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