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Appeal Your Non-Medical Decisions Online

December 12, 2016 • By

Last Updated: December 12, 2016

woman on her ipadSocial Security has a new way for you to conduct business with us online. You no longer need to visit our offices or call us to appeal a denial or adverse action related to your benefits. Beginning December 10, 2016, you can file an appeal online for non-medical issues, even if you live outside the United States. Examples of non-medical appeals include those for overpayments and Medicare premium rates.

The online appeals application is simple, convenient, and secure; it guides you through every step of the process. From outlining your rights to an appeal, to publications on the appeals process, a fair review of your case is right at your fingertips. The online application also lets you upload supporting documentation and save your submission.

Submitting your appeal and necessary documents online will save time and can help expedite the decision. Here are some things you’ll need when you’re ready to submit an appeal:

  • Notice date or receipt from Social Security that explains what adverse action you wish to appeal; and
  • Supporting documentation you wish to add to your request for appeal.

You can learn more about our appeals process by reading our publication Your Right To Question The Decision Made On Your Claim.

Social Security is constantly looking for ways to make our services accessible and readily available when you need them. It’s part of our commitment to delivering excellent service and providing you with more options, like an online appeal, to conduct your business.


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Jim Borland, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Communications

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  1. Jesse W.

    I recently received a notification dated Nov. 25, 2020 that my Part B IRMAA would be $148.50 based on my MAGI from my 2018 IRS return. The same thing happened a year ago, that I had to pay this higher amount based on the 2018 tax return, and that year it was a correct charge. Usually these IRMAA amounts are calculated on the previous year’s MAGI. My MAGI for 2019 was less than $176,000 for a joint return so I shouldn’t have had any IRMAA to pay for the coming year. How do I appeal this mistake.?

    • Vonda

      Hi Jesse, thanks for using our blog. The standard Medicare Part B premium for medical insurance in 2021 is $148.50.

      To determine if you’ll pay higher premiums, Social Security uses the most recent federal tax return the IRS provides to us. If you must pay higher premiums, we use a sliding scale to make the adjustments, based on your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI). Your MAGI is your total adjusted gross income and tax-exempt interest income.

  2. Helen C.

    I reward letter indicated I pay and additional IRMMA based on my 2019 income tax return reported by IRS. I have not filed income tax since I retired in 2012. I did file a 2019 income tax. Please tell me how to fix and how this happened.

  3. BK

    I recieved an IRMAA letter, but is not complete. How do I receive a complete replacement letter?

    Thanks,

  4. BK

    I recieved an IRMAA letter, but is is not complete. How do I receive a complete replacement letter?

    Thanks,

  5. michele h.

    I retired in June, 2020 and we filed SSA-44 for the life changing event. Our premiums were adjusted downward for 2020. I just received the letter for 2021 premiums, based upon 2019 income (while I was still working). Do I need to fill out the SSA-44 again? And do I again use 2020 income for STEP 2, or now use 2021 estimate? Thank you

  6. Debra H.

    I will be going on Medicare in Jan 2021 when I turn 65. I rec’d a notice that due to my husband and my 2019 tax return my MAGI would be $545.90 for part B & part D. My husband retired on December 7, 2018 with a full 1 year severance package. Since then we have been living on my income only which is under $100,000.00, my 2020 income tax returns will reflect this.I want to appeal this decision but won’t have any tax returns for several months. What documents do I use?

    I am going to fill out the SSA-44 form but not sure what to send with it.

    Thanks

    • Vonda

      Hi Debra, thanks for using our blog. To report a Medicare Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount Life-Changing Event, complete and return form SSA-44 to your local Social Security office. Step 4 of the form explains what documentation is required. If you have additional questions, you can call your local Social Security office. Please look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information. Please be aware that our call wait times are longer than normal. We hope this information helps. We hope this helps.

  7. shelley e.

    I would like to know my check has went down , it says because of my income, Are they now using your mates income ? I really don’t understand

    • Vonda

      Thank you for your question, Shelley. If you’re receiving Supplemental Security Income benefits, a change in your household income can affect your benefits. This is because the amount of an SSI benefit is based, in part, on the income and resources available to the individual receiving SSI benefits and the income and resources of his or her spouse. Check out our Understanding SSI web page for additional details regarding income. We hope you find this information helpful.

  8. Patrick V.

    My SS payment is less this year because my part B deduction is $148.50 plus $ 59.40 . Last year I only paid $144 why the huge difference ? My net last year was $2158 this year it’s $2111.70 why ?

    • Vonda

      Hi Patrick, thank you for using our blog. To determine if you’ll pay higher premiums, Social Security uses the most recent federal tax return the IRS provides to us. If you must pay higher premiums, we use a sliding scale to make the adjustments, based on your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI). Your MAGI is your total adjusted gross income and tax-exempt interest income.

      For details regarding an appeal, check out the factsheet: What You Can Do if You Think Your Medicare Income-Related Premium is Incorrect.

      To report a Medicare Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount Life-Changing Event, complete and return the form to your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

  9. carol b.

    My husband and I received a big deduction for our social security monthly payments because of IRMAA. We had to sell a small building in 2019 for our retirement. We paid all the taxes on this, but they want $148.50 each out of our checks in addition to what is already taken out for part B and medicare part D IRMAA. This means we will get much less then before. We used this building for income and now we have no income from this since we sold it. Our income in 2020 is much less then before. Also with Covid19 isn’t there anything in the Federal releave bill for this? What can be done to rectify this?

    • Vonda

      Hi Carol, thank you for using our blog. To determine if you’ll pay higher premiums, Social Security uses the most recent federal tax return the IRS provides to us. If you must pay higher premiums, we use a sliding scale to make the adjustments, based on your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI). Your MAGI is your total adjusted gross income and tax-exempt interest income.

      For details regarding an appeal, check out the factsheet: What You Can Do if You Think Your Medicare Income-Related Premium is Incorrect.

  10. Lauren P.

    Hi. My husband and I both received our letters that our Medicare premiums were going to go up. We had a life-changing event, my husband retired halfway through 2019. The letter mentioned nothing about a form SSA- 44, so I just filed an appeal for both of us and uploaded the separation letter. Did I do something wrong? Should I now submit an SSA-44? I have no way to really check on these appeals other than I got an email that they received them.

    • Vonda

      Hi Lauren, thanks for using our blog. To report a Medicare Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount Life-Changing Event, complete and return form SSA-44 to your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

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