Medicare Coordination with Employer Health Plans

Overview

Today's insurance producers and financial consultants whose clientele includes older individuals are expected to be able to render knowledge and advice regarding senior health care and senior health insurance options, including the program that is central to this market: Medicare.

This course provides an understanding of the relationship between Medicare and employer-provided health insurance plans and how the two work together. It covers Medicare enrollment options and enrollment periods, and the coordination of benefits between Medicare and employer-provided health insurance - group plans, retiree plans, COBRA, and health savings accounts. With millions of individuals over the age of 65 who continue to work, this is a timely and significant aspect of retirement planning.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • identify the basics of the Medicare program
  • distinguish among the various Medicare enrollment periods: when and how each is available
  • recognize correct applications of primary vs. secondary payer, and the conditions that are applicable to each
  • recognize the rule and practicalities related to the intersection between Medicare and continued health coverage provided under COBRA
  • identify the rules governing the relationship between Medicare and health savings accounts (HSAs), and the potential pitfalls if the rules regarding their interaction are not followed

Designed For

Life and health insurance producers; financial planners and advisors; Certified Public Accountants

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