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New Start Dates for Medicare Part B Coverage Coming in 2023

November 17, 2022 • By

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Last Updated: November 17, 2022

woman checking Medicare information on a tabletChanges are coming next year for Medicare Part B coverage.

What is not changing:
If you are eligible at age 65, your Initial Enrollment Period (IEP):

  • Begins three months before your 65th birthday.
  • Includes the month of your 65th birthday.
  • Ends three months after your 65th birthday.

If you are automatically enrolled in Medicare Part B or if you sign up during the first three months of your IEP, your coverage will start the month you’re first eligible. If you sign up the month you turn 65, your coverage will start the first day of the following month. This won’t change with the new rule.

What is changing:

Starting January 1, 2023, your Medicare Part B coverage starts the first day of the month after you sign up, if you sign up during the last three months of your IEP.

Before this change, if you signed up during the last three months of your IEP, your Medicare Part B coverage started two to three months after you enrolled.

If you don’t sign up for Medicare Part B during your IEP, you have another chance each year during the General Enrollment Period (GEP). The GEP lasts from January 1 through March 31. Starting January 1, 2023, your coverage starts the first day of the month after you sign up.

You can learn more about these updates on our Medicare webpage and our Medicare publication.

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  1. Rosie

    My husband receive social security he turn 65 in March 2023 will he have to enroll in Medicare, or do social security enroll him.

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  2. John M.

    I signed up in Nov of this year. Will it not go into effect until Jan 1st of 23?

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    • Ann C.

      Hi, John. Thanks for visiting our blog. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific questions. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

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  3. Charles s.

    It’s say my part b starts December when will they take my first payment

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  4. pjkidd@yahoo.com

    I assume the Medicare premiums will also begin the 1st of the following month after signing up?

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    • Ann C.

      Hi. Thanks for your question. If you are currently receiving Social Security benefits, your Medicare premiums will be automatically deducted from your Social Security benefits the month before. If you are not receiving benefits, Medicare will bill you directly on a quarterly basis. We hope this helps. 

      Reply
  5. Ben

    What good is contacting SS when no one is available to take the calls? You have no problem taking money, forcing enrollments, but God forbid you answer the phone! Why even have this blog? What good is the information when it’s not specific?

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    • MajJohn

      Specific information by its very nature might violate your privacy. Can’t get thru? Call 1-800-772-1213.

      Reply
  6. Brenda W.

    My husband retired January 2022 and has been on my health insurance. We decided to go ahead and apply for medicare part B for him now instead of staying on my insurance. How long does it take for SSA to review the online application and send us an answer on whether he can receive his benefits? My job has already done our benefits for 2023 and I am afraid he may not receive an answer by the Dec deadline.

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    • Ann C.

      Hi, Brenda. Thanks for visiting our blog. The length of time can vary depending on whether we need to verify documents or other personal information. We encourage your husband to contact his local Social Security office for assistance. We hope this is resolved soon. 

      Reply

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