When Are You Eligible For Medicare Part B?
In general, Medicare eligibility requires that you be 65 or older and a U.S. citizen or legal U.S. resident for at least five continuous years to qualify. You may also apply for Medicare if you are younger than 65 and have certain disabilities. If you currently have Part A coverage, you are also eligible for Part B.
When To Sign Up For Medicare Part B
Medicare Part A and Part B enrollment is automatic if you’re already collecting Social Security. If you’re not collecting and meet the age requirement, you can apply for Medicare through Social Security during your Initial Enrollment Period, which is:
- Three months before your 65th birthday month
- Your 65th birthday month
- Three months after your 65th birthday month
How To Sign Up For Medicare Part B
To sign up for Medicare Part B, you can visit SocialSecurity.gov, call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY users 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., or go to your local Social Security office.
What Are The Premiums For Medicare Part B?
Many who apply for Medicare may not have to pay a Part A premium if they or a spouse contributed through payroll deductions while working.
However, nearly everyone must pay a premium for Medicare Part B. Because Part B is based on your income level, your Medicare Part B cost can vary.
Most applicants pay a standard premium amount. If your modified adjusted gross income is more than a certain amount, you may pay an Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA). Medicare uses the modified adjusted gross income reported on your federal tax return from a two-year period.
When Do You Start Receiving Part B Coverage?
This depends on when and if you applied during your Initial Enrollment Period:
- If you applied one to three months before the age of 65, it starts the month you turn 65
- If you applied in your 65th birthday month, it starts the following month
- If you applied two to three months after turning 65, it starts three months after you sign up
- If you applied during the General Enrollment Period, which is January 1 to March 31, your coverage starts on July 1 of that year
Explore More Coverage Than Original Medicare (Part A And Part B)
Because Original Medicare doesn’t cover everything, it sometimes makes more sense to pick a plan that includes prescription drug coverage, and/or dental, vision, and hearing insurance. That’s why many people opt for a Medicare Advantage plan or Part D Plan. Be sure to consider all your coverage options.