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Sign up for Medicare Part B Online, by Fax or Mail

August 6, 2020 • By

For many people, signing up for Medicare Part B doesn’t require you to leave the comfort of home.  Please visit our Medicare Part B webpage if:

  1. You are already enrolled in Medicare Part A.
  2. You would like to enroll in Part B during the Special Enrollment Period.

You can complete form CMS-40B (Application for Enrollment in Medicare – Part B [Medical Insurance]) and CMS-L564 (Request for Employment Information) online.

You can also fax the CMS-40B and CMS-L564 to 1-833-914-2016; or return forms by mail to your local Social Security office.  Please contact Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) if you have any questions.  

 Note:  When completing the forms:

  • State, “I want Part B coverage to begin (MM/YY)” in the remarks section of the CMS-40B form or online application.
  • If your employer is unable to complete Section B, please complete that portion as best you can on behalf of your employer without your employer’s signature.
  • Submit one of the following types of secondary evidence by uploading it from a saved document on your computer:
    • Income tax returns that show health insurance premiums paid.
    • W-2s reflecting pre-tax medical contributions.
    • Pay stubs that reflect health insurance premium deductions.
    • Health insurance cards with a policy effective date.
    • Explanations of benefits paid by the GHP or LGHP.
    • Statements or receipts that reflect payment of health insurance premiums.

 Please let your friends and loved ones know about this online, mail, or fax option.

 


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Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner

Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner

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  1. Richard Talbot

    I submitted a SEP part b application along with employer statement online. I called my local SSA office and they referred me to Medicate. I called Medicare and was referred back to my local office. I am only trying to determine istatus of my application and has been received and is being processed. I did receive an email from SSA upon submission requesting I electronically sign by acknowledging email fro SSA. can’t seem to get a status update .. it does not show in my SSA account

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    • Carla Cassenti

      I sent in my application for open enrollment in February 2020 I was told twice that application could be there just not scanned. I spoke to rep in March and was told again by very nice rep app could have been received just not scanned and she sent me another application just in case with all that was going on with covid. She advised me to send certified mail,I did so have tracking said it arrived on March 26th. Called several time was told once I was denied special enrollment. I did not apply for special enrollment, I applied for open enrollment Jan-March. I then called again dif rep said “I was then told there was nothing or any correspondence that I’d been denied although was told again my app could be there just not scanned in. I have needed medical attention for long time so afraid to go to Dr to get checked out and not be able to do anything about it. Because I can’t afford medical expenses. Dr visit is one thing all testing is another. My medical has been messed up sense I’ve been on SSD I have had no medical the rest of my family has Medicaid and can’t get it because I have Part A without part B . Please if anyone can help

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      • Vonda

        Hi Carla, thanks for using our blog. In most cases, if you don’t sign up for 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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  2. antonia cohill FOR MIL COHILL

    I RETIRED FROM NYC EMPLOYMENT ON 1/20/18,THE CITY OF NEW YORK RETIREMENT SYSTEM HAS BEEN PAYING FOR MY MEDICARE PART B. THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTATION HAS BEEN DEDUCTING MEDICARE PART B PAYMENTS FROM MY ACCOUNT SINCE MY RETIREMENT. I BELIEVE THAT PART B COSTS $144,00 PER MONTH. I AM HEREBY REQUETING RETROACTIVE REIMBURSEMENT OF $144.00 FROM 1/20/18 TO 12/31/20 WITH ADJUSTMENT MADE TO MY SSA BENEFITS BY 1/2021.

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    • Vonda VanTil, Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi Antonia, thanks for using our blog. If you get Social Security benefits, your Part B (Medical Insurance) Premium will get deducted automatically from your benefit payment. We hope this helps!

      Reply
  3. Rick Pontello

    I need someone to contact me about enrollment

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  4. Imeh Akpan

    I am currently covered through my wife’s insurance with the City of New York. She is retiring in June, 2021. I have part A Medicare now but not part B. I am also getting my benefits monthly.
    When should I file for part B when she retire?
    thanks

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    • Vonda

      Hi Imeh, thanks for using our blog. If you are covered under a group health plan based on your wife’s current employment, you may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) that will let you sign up for Medicare Part B after age 65. 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.

      Check out our Frequently Asked Questions web page for the special enrollment process details.

      Reply
  5. Susan David

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  6. Rich Meyet

    When you mail in an application for part B and proof of employment form, how long does it take to receive a new Medicare card

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