Citi Benefits Handbook
Creditable Coverage Disclosure Notice
For Employees and Former Employees Enrolled in a Citi Medical Plan
This notice, required by Medicare to be delivered to Medicare-eligible individuals,* contains information about your current prescription drug coverage with Citi and prescription drug coverage available since January 1, 2006, to people with Medicare.
Keep this notice. If you enroll in Medicare prescription drug coverage, you may be asked to present this notice to prove that you had "creditable coverage" and, therefore, are not required to pay a higher premium than the premiums generally charged by the Medicare Part D Plans. You may receive this notice at other times in the future, for example, before the next period in which you can enroll in Medicare prescription drug coverage and/or if your Citi prescription drug coverage changes such that the coverage ceases to be "creditable coverage." You may request another copy of this notice by calling the Citi Benefits Center through ConnectOne at 1 (800) 881-3938. See the For More Information section for detailed instructions, including TDD and international assistance.
* Citi is required by law to distribute this notice to both current employees and former employees who are enrolled in Citi coverage and who may be Medicare eligible. Generally, you become eligible for Medicare at age 65 or as a result of a disability as determined by the Social Security Administration.
Prescription Drug Coverage and Medicare
Effective January 1, 2006, prescription drug coverage through Medicare prescription drug plans became available to everyone with Medicare. This coverage is offered by private health insurance companies, not directly by the federal government. All Medicare prescription drug plans provide at least a "standard" level of coverage set by Medicare. Some plans might also offer more coverage for a higher monthly premium.
You have prescription drug coverage through the Citigroup Health Benefit Plan. Citi has determined that your Citi prescription drug coverage is "creditable coverage" because, on average for all Plan participants, Citi prescription drug coverage is expected to pay in benefits at least as much as the standard Medicare prescription drug coverage will pay. Because your existing coverage is, on average, at least as good as standard Medicare prescription drug coverage, you can keep this coverage and not pay extra if you later decide to enroll in Medicare prescription drug coverage.
Understanding the Basics
It is up to you to decide what prescription drug coverage option makes the most financial sense for you and your family given your personal situation. If you are considering the option of joining a Medicare prescription drug plan available in your area, you need to carefully evaluate what that plan has to offer vs. the coverage you have through your Citigroup Health Benefit Plan. Before you decide to join a Medicare prescription drug plan, be sure you understand the implications of doing so,
- You have prescription drug coverage under your current Citigroup Health Benefit Plan. Your prescription drug coverage under the Citigroup Health Benefit Plan is considered primary to Medicare, if you are a current employee of Citi. This means that your Citi Plan pays benefits first. Although you can choose to join a Medicare prescription drug plan in addition to your enrollment in the Citigroup Health Benefit Plan, you should consider how Citi coverage would affect the benefits you receive under the Medicare prescription drug plan.
- If you drop your Citi prescription drug coverage and enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan, you may not be able to get your Citi coverage back at a later date. You should compare your current coverage carefully — including which drugs are covered — with the coverage and cost of the plans offering Medicare prescription drug coverage in your area.
- Your existing Citi coverage is, on average, at least as good as standard Medicare prescription drug coverage (this is your "creditable" coverage). As a result, you can keep your current Citi coverage and not pay extra if you decide you want to join a Medicare prescription drug plan. People can enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan when they first become eligible for Medicare. In addition, people with Medicare have the opportunity to enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan during an annual enrollment period from October 15-December 7 for coverage effective the first day of the following year.
- If you drop or lose your coverage with Citi and do not immediately enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan after your current coverage ends, you may pay more to enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan later. If you lose your prescription drug coverage under the Citigroup Health Benefit Plan, through no fault of your own, you will be eligible for a 60-day Special Enrollment Period (SEP) to enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan.
In addition, if you lose or decide to terminate your coverage under the Citigroup Prescription Drug Program you will be eligible to enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan at that time under the SEP as well. If you go 63 days or longer without prescription drug coverage that is at least as good as Medicare's prescription drug coverage, your monthly premium will increase at least 1% for every month that you did not have that coverage. For example, if you go 19 months without coverage, your premium will always be at least 19% higher than what most other people pay for the same coverage. You must pay this higher premium percentage as long as you have Medicare coverage. In addition, you may have to wait until the next annual enrollment period to enroll.
For More Information About Medicare
More detailed information about Medicare Plans that offer prescription drug coverage is in the "Medicare & You" handbook (available at www.medicare.gov. You may also be contacted directly by Medicare prescription drug plans. For more information about Medicare drug coverage, in addition to the "Medicare & You" handbook:
- Visit www.medicare.gov.
- Call your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (See your copy of the "Medicare & You" handbook for the telephone number).
- Call 1 (800) MEDICARE (1 (800) 633-4227); for TDD users, call 1 (877) 486-2048.
Your Income May Affect Your Medicare Premium
Some people may have to pay an extra amount because of their yearly income. If you have to pay an extra amount, Social Security — not your Medicare plan — will send a letter telling you what the extra amount will be and how to pay it. The extra amount will be withheld from your Social Security or Office of Personnel Management benefit check. If your benefit check isn't enough to cover the extra amount, you will get a bill from Medicare. If you have any questions about this extra amount, contact Social Security at 1 (800) 772-1213 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. TDD users should call 1 (800) 325-0778.
Do You Qualify for Extra Help from Medicare Based on Your Income and
You can obtain Medicare's income level and asset guidelines by calling 1 (800) MEDICARE 1 (800) 633-4227). If you qualify for assistance, visit the Social Security website at www.socialsecurity.gov or call 1 (800) 772-1213 to request an application.
For More Information About this Notice
Call the Citi Benefits Center through ConnectOne at 1 (800) 881-3938. See the For More Information section for detailed instructions, including TDD assistance.
Note: You will receive this notice each year, before the next period you can join a Medicare prescription drug plan, and if this coverage through Citi changes. You may also request a copy by calling the Citi Benefits Center as instructed immediately above.