New York State EPIC Program - Late Enrollment Penalty(LEP) Assistance Changes Effective 10/1/19

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July 30, 2019


  1. Background
  2. LEP Changes & Timeline
  3. Q &A


  • The Late Enrollment Penalty (LEP) is an amount added to the Medicare Part D premium when the member did not enroll in a Part D plan, or have creditable coverage when first eligible.
  • The cost of the late enrollment penalty depends on how long the member went without Medicare Part D or creditable prescription drug coverage.
  • The Medicare Part D monthly premium, plus the LEP payment, cannot exceed the monthly Benchmark amount & the member is responsible for any remaining balance over the Benchmark amount.
  • EPIC´s financial assistance for LEPs was intended to support members through the Medicare Part D implementation and transition period.
  • Awareness of LEP support is typically through EPIC outreach activities and/or the member´s interaction with Part D plans, or individuals providing enrollment assistance such as HIICAP counselors or NY Connects staff.
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LEP Changes - Effective 10/1/19

  • Existing EPIC members that have not had LEP assistance, and new EPIC members, will not be entitled to such assistance.
  • EPIC members that are currently being provided with LEP assistance will be “grandfathered” and will continue to get such assistance.
  • This change aligns with other historical EPIC changes that support Medicare Part D requirements and coverage parameters.

Member Helpline:

  • 1-800-332-3742
  • (TTY 1-800-290-9138)

Web: Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) Program


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