NOTE: This assures that a HI master record is established and a Medicare card issued. This
group of beneficiaries is billed for SMI premiums.
NMI residents who become eligible for title II benefits solely because of the merger
are subject to automatic enrollment in SMI, but they must execute a SMI enrollment
because of the special procedures being used to establish their entitlement. A delay
in executing an enrollment will not, however, result in loss of months of SMI coverage.
These beneficiaries will be deemed to have enrolled in the 3rd month of the IEP with
coverage effective with the month of eligibility.
Where such an award of SMI results in a premium arrearage of more than 5 months, SMI
is awarded with the month the award is processed and the individual is given the option
of electing full retroactive coverage (see in HI 00805.195).