Online Bill Payment for Medicare Premiums

August 3, 2017 • By

man smiling and looking at laptop Social Security is here with tools and information to help you secure today and tomorrow. Did you know that you can pay your Medicare premiums online? If your bank offers the option to pay your bills online, you can use their service to pay for your Medicare premiums bill from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

You, or your representative, must sign up for your bank’s online bill payment process and you can contact your bank directly for assistance. Social Security and CMS are not involved in establishing the online bill pay service with your bank. Before you contact your bank to set up the process, make sure you have the following information available:

  1. Amount of your Medicare premium bill
  2. Account number: Medicare claim number without dashes. You can find this number on the red, white, and blue Medicare card.
  3. Biller name: CMS Medicare Insurance
  4. Biller’s address:

Medicare Premium Collection Center
P.O. Box 790355
St. Louis, MO 63179-0355

You’ll need to tell the bank how much money to deduct from your account to pay for the Medicare premium. You’ll also need to update the amount with your bank whenever there is a change in the Medicare premium amount. This usually happens in January when CMS announces the new Medicare premium rates. You can find more information at or CMS’s online bill pay webpage.

Remember, CMS does not charge a fee for processing the electronic payments, but in some situations, a bank may charge their customers a fee for using their online bill payment service. If you have any questions about bill pay, please contact your bank or financial institution directly. You can also visit CMS’s  online bill pay for more information on paying your Medicare premiums.

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  1. Debra S.

    I became eligible for medicare this month (January 2021) and my first quarterly payment is due on 1/25/2021. The payment due amount shows in my online medicare account but I have never received a Medicare Premium Bill (CMS-500) in the mail or on line. Will I receive one when my quarterly payment is due? Or should I just check my online account for postings as to when my payment is due?

  2. chris hughes

    I started Medicare in September 2020. I don’t start receiving social security until February 2021. I have an HSA making automatic payments for my Medicare. I just received my social security letter. It states they will be deducting my payment out of my social security. How can I change that?

    • Vonda

      Hi Chris, thanks for using our blog. If you get Social Security, Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) or Civil Service benefits, your Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) premiums will get deducted from your benefit payment automatically. You cannot change that.

      If you don’t get Social Security payments, RRB, or Civil Service benefits, you’ll get a bill called a “Medicare Premium Bill” (CMS-500). Medicare offers four ways to pay your Medicare bill.

  3. Judith A Glocke

    I have an overpayment of premium B
    I was paying on line while you were deducting from my check. I have been dealing with the advanced resolution center since last Oct. All I get is promises of a call back and sorry this happened they agree I have a refund but no one seems able to send it. I have terminal cancer and really need this money. HELP PLEASE

    • Vonda

      Hi Judith, thanks for using our blog. Please continue to work with your local Social Security office. 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.

  4. Diane H

    Good Morning, I am 65 yo on February 16, 2021 – My Medicare bill due 1/25/21 is for coverage period 2/1 – 4/30/21. Should I be paying for coverage before my 65th birthday? Thank you in advance for your reply 🙂

    • Sue

      Hi Diane. Thanks for using our blog. If you signed up for Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and/or Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) during the first three months of your Initial Enrollment Period, your coverage started Feb. 1, 2021 – the first day of the month you turned 65. If you don’t get Social Security, Railroad Retirement Board, or Civil Service benefits, you’ll get a quarterly “Medicare Premium Bill” (CMS-500). We hope this information is helpful.


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