If you turned 65 and enrolled in Medicare, but are still covered under an employer’s healthcare plan, I have good news for you! Medicare will allow you to delay your enrollment without penalty. And what’s more, you can enroll in Medicare at a later time, once you no longer receive employee benefits. Here’s how!
Social Security must interview you to terminate Medicare Parts A and/or B. Start by calling your local Social Security office. Discuss with the representative that you need to terminate your Medicare since you are covered by your employer’s group health coverage and made a mistake by enrolling in Medicare. You will need to file Social Security form CMS-1763 to terminate Medicare Part A (hospital) or Part B (medical).
If the working spouse is providing health insurance benefits from their current employment group health coverage, then you may want to delay enrolling in Medicare Part B. You might continue to work either part-time or as a self-employed individual while taking advantage of the coverage provided by your working spouse.
If you are turning 65, not covered under an employer’s group health plan, and waited to enroll in Medicare Part B, then you can receive a 10% penalty for each 12-month period that you were not enrolled in Part B when turning 65. If you waited 2 years to apply for Original Medicare Parts A and B, then the Medicare Part B penalty will be a 20% penalty (2 years 65 and 66) every month for as long as you are on Medicare (or, the rest of your life).
Different options to enroll in Medicare are below:
Originally published August 24, 2022