I have a user account on www.medicare.gov so I can see claims filed by doctors and also see my insurance profile without having to call Medicare or wait for a Medicare Summary Notice (aka MSN) which is mailed out once a quarter. I looked at my secondary insurance profile on www.medicare.gov today and it still showed Aetna as my secondary insurance. There is no capability for a Medicare recipient to change that field. Only insurance companies are authorized to notify Medicare of changes and it takes approximately 6 weeks for a change to be implemented.
If you have a medigap policy, your secondary insurance company may be willing to work with both the old IBM plan and Medicare to make the change. Call your insurance company and ask if they will do it or if they have already done it. When I first used Aetna Integration, it took one call to them and they worked with both Medicare and United Heath Care to make the change.
This time, my insurance company would not do changes because of how they do crossover. It is not automatic. I am paying a really low premium for a medigap F high deductible insurance plan so I had low expectations. Also, Aetna did not notify Medicare that my 2013 policy terminated which is sort of crazy because it means Medicare would keep sending claims until Aetna told them to stop. Aetna would have to keep denying those claims -- all of which has to have some administrative cost. Anyway, I called Aetna to have them notify Medicare my plan terminated. Then I called my new insurance company to find out how their crossover works.
By way of example, this is how my company does it - which is not great but worth the low premium:
- I ask the doctor's office to put the insurance company code on the Medicare claim form (in position 9D). That code tells Medicare to fax or mail a copy of the claim to the insurance company. If there are Medicare employees involved in the process, I bet it doesn't work very well but it's worth trying.
- If the doctor's office cannot, I could ask if them to fax or mail a copy of the Medicare insurance claim directly to the insurance company. Since that does require human action, I won't ask.
- If the doctor's office cannot put the code on the claim, then I will fax or mail a copy of the MSN to the insurance company when I get it. That is the official copy. Print out of a claim from the medicare.gov website is not an "official" copy.