There are two types of Medicare coverage in which you required to enroll when you become eligible for Medicare: Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medical Insurance). Medicare is the primary payer for Part A and your benefits will continue to be processed through the Medicare intermediaries. Under a special arrangement with Medicare, the Funds processes and pays Medicare B benefits for Funds beneficiaries who are eligible for Medicare.
If you are eligible for but not enrolled in Medicare B at the time you are determined to be eligible for benefits from the Funds, the effective date for your health benefit coverage from the Funds will be delayed. (The Funds does not require you to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan and you are strongly discouraged from enrolling in a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan.) Once enrolled in Medicare, if you decide to cancel your Medicare Part A or Medicare Part B coverage, your Funds coverage will be suspended until such time as your Medicare benefits are reinstated. Contact your local Social Security Administration office for information about enrolling in Medicare.
Your doctors may call the Funds' Provider Customer Service Unit at 1-888-865-5290 if they have any billing questions.