TN 76 (03-23)

HI 00805.310 Disability SEP Enrollments - Group Health Plans

A. Field Office (FO) procedure for disability special enrollment period (SEP) requests

Follow the appropriate procedure for D-SEP enrollment requests in this subsection.

1. Supplementary medical insurance (SMI) Application

Use the Form CMS-40B (Application for Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance)) for D-SEP enrollment requests. For retroactive supplementary medical insurance (SMI) elections, indicate in the remarks section the date the beneficiary wants SMI coverage to begin.

Annotate “DISABILITY SEP” prominently at the top of the enrollment request.

Forward a copy of the employer letter, the carrier certification and any necessary clarifying documentation along with the enrollment request to the processing center (PC). For information about the employer and carrier documentation, see HI 00805.300B.2. Include a Form SSA-5002 (Report of Contact) that lists the months excluded from the premium surcharge calculation.

2. Beneficiary is a Qualified Railroad Retirement Beneficiary (QRRB)

Refer Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) annuitants that inquire about SMI enrollment to the appropriate RRB office. To obtain the appropriate RRB field office and search using the Zip code locator. Tell the beneficiary that the RRB will process the SEP request.

3. Beneficiary does not have proof that Medicare is primary payer

Take the following actions when the beneficiary does not have the evidence described in HI 00805.300B.2.:

  1. a. 

    If the beneficiary has only one of the two required documents (either the employer letter or carrier certification):

    • take a Form CMS-40B;

    • advise the beneficiary to contact their employer to obtain the other required document; and

    • hold the enrollment request until we receive the document.

  2. b. 

    If the beneficiary does not have either the employer letter or carrier certification:

    • do not take a SMI enrollment; and

    • advise the beneficiary to contact the employer to obtain the required evidence; and

    • tell the beneficiary to bring the letters to the FO.

  3. c. 

    If the employer letter does not include months of LGHP coverage, give the beneficiary Form CMS-L564 (Request for Employment Information). The form includes a place for the employer to indicate the months the large group health plan was primary payer and when the claimant’s coverage began.

    NOTE: It is possible to obtain the information from the employer via telephone. Document a form SSA-5002 with the name and position of the individual supplying the information.

4. Payment of premium arrearage

Follow the procedures below when the beneficiary owes three or more months of retroactive premiums at the time the enrollment application is filed.

  1. a. 

    If the beneficiary owes premiums for three to five months:

    • Ask the beneficiary how they prefers to pay the premium arrearage if the enrollment application is not processed timely.

    • Prepare an SSA-795 (Statement of Claimant or Other Person) with language similar to the following: “If my enrollment request is not processed timely, I authorize the deduction of the retroactive premium amount from my monthly benefit payment, or I request that the retroactive premium amount be paid in monthly installments of [amount.”

    • Forward the SSA-795 with the enrollment package to the PC.

  2. b. 

    If the beneficiary owes premiums for six or more months:

    • Tell the beneficiary that they must arrange to pay the premium arrearage before we process the SMI enrollment.

    • Take a statement on an SSA-795 that authorizes the deduction of the past due amount from monthly benefits or establishes an installment payment schedule. In cases of financial hardship, develop for waiver of the premium arrearage as outlined in HI 00805.220I and GN 02250.002.

    • Forward the SSA-795 or waiver determination along with the enrollment package to the PC.

  3. c. 

    Process premium remittances received from beneficiaries who wish to pay the arrearage in advance in accordance with GN 02403.000.

B. PC procedure for D-SEP requests

Verify that the D-SEP enrollment package is complete and input via manual Adjustment, Credit and Award Data Entry (MACADE).

NOTE: Do not process the enrollment unless all required evidence is present. Send a development request to the FO to secure any missing evidence or documentation.

C. Teleservice Center (TSC) procedure for handling inquiries for D-SEP requests

If a beneficiary has LGHP coverage on a basis other than current employment status:

  • Tell the beneficiary that they will need a letter from their employer and a copy of the Medicare carrier certification in order to enroll in Part B. Refer the beneficiary to the employer to secure the required evidence.

  • Tell the beneficiary to take both letters to the local FO to enroll in SMI and provide the FO address.

  • Do not mail Forms CMS-40B or CMS-L564 to the individual.

D. References

  • GN 02403.000 Procedures for Handling Remittances and Premium Payments in the Field Office – Table of Contents

  • GN 02250.002 Request for Waiver - Title II, XVIII

  • HI 00805.180 Payment of Premium Arrearage

  • HI 00805.220 Inadvertent Failure to Bill for or Deduct Premiums - Non-Buy-In Cases

  • HI 00805.270 General Eligibility Requirements for the Special Enrollment Period

  • HI 00805.300 Disability SEP for Beneficiaries for Whom Medicare is Now the Primary Payer

  • SM 00850.000 HI/SMI Coding In MADCAP – Table of Contents

  • SM 00850.040 Group Health Plan (GHP) Data

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