Medicare

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 Medicare.gov 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?

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  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?

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    • 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.

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      • Daniel H. Salinas Sr.

        Hello Vonda, well my wife just got her Medicare back in Aug. and also she was approved for her Medicaid and also to start till January of 2021, she has been complaining on that her check from retirement has change a lot and only get back $27.00 deposit on her acct. Can you explain to me this or please email me the information on this matter.. Back when I retired she got some points from me so she could get this check of $370.00 per month or so… I myself still get a full check. Can you please advise me on this matter and thanks for all your help.

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        • Vonda

          Hi Daniel, thanks for using 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 for assistance or 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.

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  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

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    • 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.

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  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 🙂

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    • 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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  5. Shashi K. Gowdar

    I have private insurance and do not like to pay added premium for Medicare. I’ve sent a letter to SSA.
    Please advise

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    • Vonda

      Hi Shashi, thanks for using our blog. In most cases, if you don’t sign up for, or you terminate Medicare, when you’re first eligible, you may have to pay a higher monthly premium which is why we advise people to apply for Medicare benefits as soon as they are eligible. However, if you were covered under a group health plan based on your or your spouse’s current employment, you may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) that will let you sign up for Medicare Part B. You have an 8-month SEP to sign up for Part A and/or Part B that starts at one of these times (whichever happens first):
      • The month after the employment ends
      • The month after group health plan insurance based on current employment ends.

      Usually, you don’t pay a late enrollment penalty if you sign up during a SEP.

      If you don’t qualify for an SEP, you will have to wait for the General Enrollment Period (GEP) to sign up. The GEP lasts from January 1 through March 31. Coverage would begin July 1. Most people who sign up for Part B during the GEP will have a 10 percent increase in monthly premiums for each 12-month period they did not enroll, but were eligible.

      You can call us at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance or you can contact 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.

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  6. Anthony Bush

    How do i apply for the red, white, blue card????

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    • Sue

      Hi, Anthony, and thanks for your question. It sounds like you are referring to applying for Medicare. If you are at least 64 years and 9 months old and aren’t receiving Social Security benefits, you can apply for Medicare online. If you are already entitled to Medicare, check out our Frequently Asked Questions webpage for instructions on how to get a replacement Medicare card. We hope this helps.

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  7. Anthony Bush

    Im having a very difficult time applying for a replacement social security card . Can’t get pass all of the error messages

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    • Sue

      Hi, Anthony, and thanks for using our blog. First, realize you may not need a replacement card. You will rarely need to show it. Knowing your Social Security number is what’s important. Second, if you cannot request a replacement card online, call your local office and request that we mail you an SSN printout instead of a replacement Social Security card. If you still need a replacement card, check out our Frequently Asked Question. We hope this helps.

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  8. Phuong Nguyen

    I have not received the part B premium bill for year 2021
    Since then I cannot enroll for medicare advantage
    How should I do now

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    • Vonda

      Hi Phuong, thank you for your question. If you receive Social Security benefits, we will automatically deduct the Medicare Part B premium from your monthly payments. See Medicare’s Online Bill Payment web page for details when premiums are not automatically deducted.

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  9. Marco F Vallejo

    How can I verify if my premium payment for medicare was received?

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    • Vonda

      Hi Marco. 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.

      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.

      If you’re having trouble paying your premiums or if you have any questions about your Medicare premium bill, call Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE.

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