TN 31 (06-04)

HI 00801.142 Transfer Enrollment Period for Individuals Enrolled in Medicare Managed Care Plans

A. Introduction

Prior to 01/01/99, uninsured enrollees were only required to have SMI coverage when joining a Medicare Managed Care Plan (MMCP) with a Medicare contract. Thus, individuals who enrolled in an MMCP prior to 01/01/99, and do not have HI coverage because they are uninsured, may be offered hospital insurance coverage by the plan.

A contract with an MMCP can be terminated either by the plan or by Medicare. In addition, Medicare beneficiaries may voluntarily terminate their enrollment in an MMCP the month after they request such disenrollment. However, when enrollment in the MMCP ends, these individuals are left without the possibility of HI coverage for as many as 15 months, depending on the date of disenrollment.

B. Background

To alleviate the hardship that contract termination or voluntary disenrollment can cause uninsured individuals who are enrolled in an MMCP, as defined in HI 00208.066C.2. and D., the law was amended beginning 2/1/91, to provide an additional opportunity to enroll in Premium-HI and relief from the HI premium surcharge for late enrollment.

NOTE: This provision has absolutely no effect on SMI enrollment or SMI premium computation.

C. Policy

1. Who can enroll

The transfer enrollment period is for individuals age 65 or over, who meet the requirements in HI 00801.131 for entitlement to Premium-HI for the Aged.

NOTE: There is no requirement as to how long the individual must have been enrolled in a Medicare Managed Care Plan to qualify for the transfer enrollment period. In addition, enrollment in the MMCP need not be ending in order for the beneficiary to utilize the transfer enrollment period.

2. When can enrollment occur

An individual who meets the requirements in HI 00801.142C.1. may enroll:

  • during any of the 8 consecutive months following the last month during any part of which the individual was enrolled in the MMCP.

3. Transfer Enrollment Period and General Enrollment Period overlap

An individual who enrolls in a transfer enrollment period (TEP) month that occurs in January, February or March can elect to have the enrollment processed as either a GEP enrollment or as a TEP enrollment (see HI 00801.144).

If the individual chooses a GEP enrollment, coverage begins July 1. The premium surcharge is calculated using the months through the end of the GEP. However, all months of enrollment in an MMCP meeting the definition in HI 00208.066C.2. and HI 00208.066D. are subtracted from the calculation.

4. Coverage beginning date

If the individual enrolls in Premium-HI while still enrolled in an MMCP, or during the first full month when not enrolled in an MMCP, Premium-HI begins with either:

  • the first day of the month of Premium-HI enrollment, or

  • at the individual's option, with the first day of any of the following 3 months.

If the individual enrolls in Premium-HI during any of the remaining 7 months of this transfer enrollment period, Premium-HI coverage begins with the first day of the month after the month of Premium-HI enrollment.

5. Premium surcharge relief

The HI premium surcharge is determined by following the instructions in HI 01005.010. This means that all months after the end of the IEP through the end of the transfer enrollment period must be considered. However, in determining if there will be a Premium-HI surcharge and how long it will be payable, the following months are excluded.

  • Months in the remainder of the transfer enrollment period during which the individual is covered under Premium-HI.

Months of MMCP enrollment are excluded even if the individual is already enrolled in Premium-HI or is enrolling under GEP procedures.

6. Effective date

The transfer enrollment period provisions (including relief from a premium surcharge for months of MMCP enrollment) were effective beginning 2/1/91.

D. Examples

1. Enrollment in MMCP is ending

Jenny, who