Whether you are newly enrolled into Medicare or had coverage for awhile, you may be one of the beneficiaries subject to a higher monthly premium for Medicare Part B. Approximately 7% of all Medicare enrollees pay a higher premium. Those impacted are notified by letter.
You may request a redetermination of your Part B premium Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA), by filing form SSA-44 (ssa.gov/forms/ssa-44.pdf). For assistance, call SSA at 1-800-772-1213, 7am–7pm, weekdays.
Why the increase?
Medicare Part B beneficiaries with high incomes pay an additional amount. If you are subject to the income-related adjustment, it will be calculated based on your tax return’s modified adjusted gross income two years prior to each new calendar year in which you have Part B or based on the date you enroll. The premium increase is based on income.
Complete form SSA-44 to request a redetermination based on a life-changing event, such as: work reduction or stoppage, loss of pension or income producing property, employer settlement payment, marriage, divorce/ annulment, death of spouse. By demonstrating an income decrease occurred after the initial determination, your premium increase may be waived.