Online Bill Payment for Medicare Premiums

August 3, 2017 • By

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Last Updated: August 3, 2017

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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Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications

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  1. Iris G.

    I agree with Mary Lou Wilkins the article was misleading.

  2. Kathleen

    My Medicare Premium bill that comes in the mail is for 3 months. If I set up the automatic payment, can I do it monthly, instead of every 3 months.

  3. Mary L.

    Too bad–your article did not make clear that this payment method was for folks who do not get a Social Security benefit yet. You’ve confused lots of folks.

  4. Doug

    My medical care is through the VA. do I need to pay for additional Medicare as well?

    • Larry

      No there both Government agencies that would be double jeopardy. Part A only is needed. No pay on that.

  5. Carol L.

    My Medicare payment is deducted from my Social Security check each month. Will this change?

    • retiree

      nope it wont change.

  6. James R.

    My Medicare premiums are withheld from my Social Security payment. Is this changing?

    • AKA


  7. Dorothy

    I thought the medicare payment came out of your social security check. Is that not the case?

    • AKA

      Yep, if you get a check, some folks don’t.

      • Berta

        Oh my bad AKA I thought Joyce was talking about the summary. I had no idea Medicare sent out bills every month. I have to apologize to Joyce. Thanks for the information.

  8. Shirley A.

    Thank you for this option.

  9. Joyce S.

    Why does Medicare send a letter each month saying the amount due. That is a waste of money. for the people sending it, the paper , the stamps………. If a person has signed up for online bill pay there is no reason to send a letter each month……………. Maybe once a year but not every month. A small way to save some money.

    • AKA

      Some people need reminders more often, they aren’t as sharp as you.

    • Berta

      I appreciate the summary they send to me, because one time I was billed for a service and paid it and when I got the summary from Medicare I wasn’t suppose to pay anything. So I called and told the service provider and they sent me my payment back in full.If I hadn’t received a summary that service provider probably would’ve kept my money.

    • Berta

      Joyce I apologize I had no idea Medicare sent out bills. I misunderstood I thought you were speaking about the summaries they send out. Duh you did say a letter and bill pay. Once again I apologize.

  10. Irene

    Is there a form to fill out if I don’t want to take my social security yet but that I can take 1/2 of my husband’s social security until I reach the age of 70?

    • AKA

      Yes, if you are not receiving benefits yet, it’s called an application. Call the toll free # 800-7721213

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