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Social Security & Medicare: Communication Challenges As Employees Approach Retirement Age

Webinar: ID# 1036657
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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. For those that want to continue to work past 65, they also have questions about how continuing to work will impact their benefits.

When an employee is about to retire or becomes permanently and totally disabled, HR and benefits managers can expect a flood of questions about what Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D cover, HSA eligibility, COBRA,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 retirement or disability benefits, and more. It’s important 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 with employee benefits attorney Steven Mindy of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP 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.What You'll Learn:

  • When an employee may sign up for Social Security retirement or disability benefits
  • What every employer should know—and be able to communicate to the workforce—about Medicare A, B, C, and D
  • The distinction between Medicare eligibility and Medicare entitlement—and why it matters
  • What you need to do if an employee signs up for Medicare and keeps coverage under the company plan
  • How Medicare impacts (or intersects with) group health plan payments, consumer-driven health insurance (including HSA contributions and withdrawals), and COBRA—and how to tell when you must continue employee health benefits after Medicare starts
  • The risk of Medicare late enrollment penalties for retirees who take COBRA
  • Medicare reporting essentials employers must master
  • How the MSP rules apply to your particular plan
  • The MSP implications if an employee becomes disabled or has end-stage renal disease
  • And more!
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