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Have you sent your Creditable Coverage notice?

Notification needs to go to Medicare eligible employees and their spouses who are over 65 by October 15th  to inform them if the Employer plan offered is at least as good, if not better than Medicare Party D drug coverage.  This must be done each year and then Employers must go to the CMS( Center for Medicare Services) site and complete the process letting them know your employees have been notified. 

Please keep in mind that this determination is the employer’s responsibility when the employer is the plan sponsor. If the carrier states that the health plan is non-creditable, the benefits may still be creditable if the employer has an HRA arrangement in place. The employer would have to override the carrier notice. Therefore, it is the employer’s responsibility to examine all of the benefits that are being provided to determine the creditability of the prescription coverage. The carrier is only providing notification regarding the creditability of the coverage that the carrier provides.


Medicare and you handbook

Medicare Creditable Coverage Model Notice


Just a reminder that the deadline for employers to send these notices is October 14. If you need more information, click here or call the office.

Lowes 401k suit

The suit is ongoing – this is the kind of thing we work hard to avoid for our clients.

The core of the fiduciary breach complaint is summarized as follows in case documents: “Lowe’s imprudently selected and retained the Hewitt Growth Fund for the Plan, in consultation with Hewitt (which served as the plan’s fiduciary investment consultant), despite the fact that (1) the Hewitt Growth Fund was a new and largely untested fund at the time it was added to the plan; (2) the Hewitt Growth Fund was underperforming its benchmark at the time it was added to the plan and continued to underperform after it was added to the plan; and (3) the Hewitt Growth Fund was not utilized by fiduciaries of any similarly-sized plans and was generally unpopular in the marketplace.”

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Reeve Conover is a Registered Representative. Securities offered through Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., a Broker/dealer member FINRA/SPIC. Cambridge and Conover Consulting are not affiliated. Licensed in SC, NC, NY, CT, NJ, and CA. - SIPC - Brokercheck