Medicare Part B beneficiaries receive coverage for medical expenses that are important for outpatient health care. Anyone eligible for Medicare Part A qualifies for Medicare Part B by enrolling and paying a standard monthly premium. Supposing a person is not eligible for Medicare Part A. In that case, a person can qualify for Medicare Part B when turning 65 if they are a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident residing in the U.S. for at least five continuous years.
The Costs Associated With Part B:
A Partial List of Services Not Covered By Medicare:
Medicare Part B Enrollment:
Automatic enrollment in Part B Medicare insurance happens during the month of a person’s 65 birthday if they currently receive Social Security retirement benefits or Railroad Retirement Board benefits. If a person qualifies for Medicare insurance because of a disability before age 65, then enrollment is automatic for Medicare Part B when that person is considered Medicare eligible. Medicare Part B benefits start on the first day of the month during the month of turning 65. FYI – If a birthday falls on the first day of the month, the benefits will begin the first of the month, the month before turning 65.
Suppose a person is not eligible for automatic enrollment and wants Medicare Part B when they turn 65. In that case, they must apply to enroll in Medicare Part B. If a person is not eligible for automatic enrollment but wishes to continue with their employers’ group health plan, they will qualify for a Special Election Period at their time of retirement. But, if a person does not enroll in Part B when they are first eligible for coverage and do not qualify for a Special Election Period from CMS. Then CMS will charge a lifetime late penalty to the monthly premium.
CMS’s Initial Enrollment Period Has A Seven-Month Enrollment Timeline: (Center of Medicare Medicaid Services)
Ways To Enroll In Medicare Part B:
Assuming a person enrolls in Medicare Part B during the first three months of their Initial Enrollment Period (IEP), benefits start on the first day of the month of turning 65. For people who wait to enroll in the last four months of their IEP, a significant coverage gap can and most likely will occur, depending on when the enrollment application is received and approved by CMS.