This year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has begun mailing information to many employers about a data matching project led by the Social Security Administration, CMS and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Letters titled “Requirement to Submit the Group Health Plan Report for the IRS/SSA/CMS Data Match” instruct employers to complete a questionnaire to help determine whether Medicare is the primary or secondary payer for insurance purposes.
As the letters indicate, it’s important for employers to complete this questionnaire in order to comply with the law and prevent paying civil monetary penalties associated with non-compliance. If you have not yet received this letter, there is nothing you need to do. If you have received this letter, you are urged to comply.