Can You Drop Medicare Part B Anytime?

Can You Drop Medicare Part B Anytime?

Yes. You can drop your Part B any time if you are not eligible for premium-free Part A (for example, if you have worked and paid Medicare taxes for less than 30 years).

You will have to pay a premium if you drop Part B and then decide to stay enrolled in Part B at a later date.

In addition, if you discontinue your Part B premium, you will also lose your Part B coverage. So, you should carefully consider whether you want to enroll in Part B, and make sure you understand the financial implications.

If you are still working and your employer has 20 or more employees, you can enroll in a Part B plan through your employer. You can change plans or stop working and enroll in a Part B plan if you are no longer working, or if your employer has fewer than 20 employees.

You can also enroll in Part D or change plans if you are not working.

You can also drop Part A or Part B at any time, if you reside outside the U.S.

And, you can also enroll in Part C or Part D at any time.

If you stop paying your Part B premium and don't want to re-enroll, you will not have access to Medicare benefits and services.

Can you drop Part C or Part D anytime?

Yes. You can drop your Part C or Part D at any time, but you will have to pay a penalty or premium for each month you are not enrolled.

If you drop Part C or Part D at the end of the year, you will not have coverage until the new year. You can also drop Part C or Part D if you move out of the U.S.

If you drop Part C or Part D, you will not be able to enroll in a Part C or Part D plan for nine months.

If you drop Part C or Part D and then decide to re-enroll within 63 days, you will not be charged a penalty.

If you drop Part C or Part D and then decide to re-enroll after 63 days, you will be charged a premium.

You will also have to pay a penalty if you drop Part C or Part D and then decide to re-enroll 63 days or more after you drop Part C or Part D.

What are penalties?

In addition to the premium you would pay to enroll in a Part D or Part C plan, you will also be charged a penalty if you drop Part C or Part D.

If you drop Part C or Part D and then try to re-enroll within 63 days, you will be charged a penalty.

If you drop Part C or Part D and then try to re-enroll after 63 days, you will be charged a premium.

You will also pay a penalty if you enroll in Part D or Part C and then drop the plan after 63 days.

How will I know if I have a penalty?

If you enroll in Part C or Part D and later drop the plan, you will be notified about the penalty by the Marketplace and you will receive an explanation of the penalty.

If you dropped Part C or Part D and then tried to re-enroll within 63 days, the Marketplace will notify you that you have a penalty.

If you dropped Part C or Part D and then tried to re-enroll after 63 days, you will be charged a premium and the Marketplace will notify you that you have a penalty.

How much is the Part D penalty?

The annual penalty is 1% of the national base beneficiary premium (the premium for the benefit year) and is paid each month that a person is not enrolled in a prescription drug plan.

The monthly penalty is 1/12 of the annual penalty.

How much is the Part C penalty?

The annual Medicare Part C penalty for 2017 is 2% of the national base beneficiary premium for the benefit year (the premium for the benefit year).

Are all Part D and Part C plans the same?

No. If you have more than one Part D or Part C plan available, you may want to compare them for price and quality.

You can apply for the same plan or a different plan at any time during the year, if you want.

How can I compare Part D and Part C plans?

You can compare Part D and Part C plans in a few ways:

Search for Part D and Part C plans in the Prescription Drug Plan Finder tool at www.medicare.gov. This search tool will give you information about the prescription drugs covered under each plan and let you compare costs for a specific drug that you use.

Check with your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). To find your local SHIP, call 1-877-690-1012 or visit www.shiptacenter.org.

Check with your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). To find your local SHIP, call 1-877-690-1012 or visit www.shiptacenter.org. Check with your agent, broker or insurance company. You may be able to use your agent, broker or insurance company to help you find the best plan.

Check with your agent, broker or insurance company. You may be able to use your agent, broker or insurance company to help you find the best plan. Use the prescription drug plans' websites. If you are in a Medicare Advantage plan, you can check your plan's website to see how much each drug will cost under the plan.

How do I apply for a Part D or Part C plan?

You can enroll in a Part D or Part C plan anytime during the year. You can also enroll during the annual, seven-month Medicare Open Enrollment Period.

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