Health Creditable Coverage
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) requires that health insurance issuers, group health plans and/or employers issue a HIPAA certificate of creditable coverage when your health coverage ends. The certificate indicates the date on which your coverage ends and how long you had the coverage. You should retain this document for your records because the certificate provides evidence of your prior coverage. If certain conditions are met, evidence of prior coverage may entitle you to a reduction or total elimination of a preexisting condition exclusion period under subsequent health benefits coverage you may obtain. Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) does not request or require a copy of this HIPAA certificate of creditable coverage. Therefore, you should not be instructed to send the certificate to CMS. For more information on HIPAA, go to www.cms.hhs.gov/HealthInsReformforConsume/.
Prescription Drug Creditable Coverage
The Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) imposes a late enrollment penalty if you do not maintain creditable drug coverage (coverage that is at least as good as Part D coverage) for a period of 63 days or longer following your initial enrollment period for the Medicare prescription drug benefit. MMA mandates that certain entities offering prescription drug coverage disclose to all Medicare eligible individuals with prescription drug coverage whether such coverage is creditable. You should retain this document for your records. CMS does not request or require a copy of this creditable coverage documentation. Therefore, you should not be instructed to send the certificate to CMS. For more information on creditable coverage as it relates to Part D, go to www.cms.hhs.gov/CreditableCoverage/01_Overview.asp.