What is the Medicare Part B Penalty?

Medicare Part B Penalty is a penalty that applies when you don’t sign up for Medicare Part B by your deadline. You can find out more about the basics of this penalty and what it means if you refuse to sign up for your Medicare Part B.

An example of the penalty is that if you don’t sign up for Medicare Part B by your deadline and it’s been less than a year since you were eligible, then you can be charged an extra premium. This charge will continue until the next enrollment period when you choose to enroll in this insurance program.

If you waited to sign up for Medicare until age 65, the penalty calculation will be done from the time that has passed between the end of your Initial Enrollment Period (IEP) this is the time frame, 3 months before your 65th birthday and 3 months after your 65th birthday IEP. If you delayed signing up for Medicare because you were covered by health insurance from an employer, then the penalty calculation will be made from when you left work to when you enrolled in Medicare Part B. It is important to point out that as long as you have credible Health insurance from your employer you will not be charged a penalty, Once you no longer have insurance from your employer for a maximum period of 8 months and have not signed up for your Medicare Part B your penalty will start

So, for example, if your penalty was based on the number of years you spent  without Part B, it would always be an extra 10% of the standard Part B premium in any given year if that period covered five full years. This would be added to your Part B premiums for as long as you remain enrolled in the program. If the regular rate rises or drops in a year, so does your penalty. 

It is crucial to note that if you do not meet your enrollment deadline, having retiree health insurance or COBRA continuation coverage from a previous employer after age 65 will not save you from Part B late fees. COBRA and retirement benefits are neither recognized as employee insurance nor qualifying alternative coverage for calculating Part B late penalties.

  • If you miss your enrollment deadline but sign up at the next opportunity, and if less than 12 months have passed since your last enrollment, then you will not need to pay penalties. For example, if you missed your chance on May 31 to enroll in Part B but signed up by March 31 of the following year (11 months later), then you can avoid paying a penalty.

  • If you are under 65 and have Medicare due to disability, and keep paying late dues for Part B, you will stop when you turn 65. You will not pay the penalties anymore because at that point the clock for penalties starts over because it is based on your age instead of your disability.

  • If you have Medicaid as well as Medicare, your state may pay your Part B premiums, and any late penalties are waived, under certain programs through Medi-Cal

  • If your state offers a Medicare Savings Program that qualifies you for assistance with Part B premiums and late penalties, the state will pay your Part B premiums and any late payments are waived.

If you live outside the United States and are not eligible for premium-free Part A benefits, you cannot join Part A or Part B.

Instead, after your return to the U.S., you have up to three months to enroll. You are not responsible for late payments if you sign up during this period.

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