Medicare Part D Penalty Costs WHAT?
I made a terrible mistake last April when I was no longer covered by my employer’s group health plan due to retiring. I had a telemarketing agent help me find a Medicare Supplement which began on April 1. No one told me that I had a specific amount of time to enroll in my Medicare Part D plan. I have a serious health issue with Crohn’s disease and should have enrolled at that time for my Medicare Part D.
When I enrolled in July for a new Medicare Part D plan, I was denied because did I not apply on time. I take Stelara which is over $2,000 a month that I now must pay on my own.
I now am 70 years old and was informed that my Part D penalty for not enrolling in a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan will be $.3337 X 60 months since my Part A began 5 years ago. I cannot believe that I must pay an extra $20.02 per month as a Part D penalty.
Please explain this ridiculous Medicare Part D penalty and please tell me I can enroll during this Medicare Annual Enrollment period. I have not purchased my Stelara in the last few months.
Sydney from Atlanta, GA
Good News!! You can enroll in your Medicare Part D plan that covers your expensive Stelara and other prescriptions that you are currently taking during Medicare’s Annual Enrollment period from October 15-December 7. Your effective date will be January 1, and you can go purchase your Stelara on New Year’s Day if your pharmacy is open. If not, then January 2nd.
Chapter 5 of the Toni Says® Medicare Survival Guide Advanced edition, explains Medicare Part D, how to avoid Part D penalties, and the famous “Donut Hole.”
You are aware that you waited too long to apply for a Medicare Part D plan. Once you are past 65 and/or leaving creditable coverage, Medicare gives you 63 days to apply for a Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage plan with prescription drug coverage.
Your late enrollment period (LEP) did not begin from the day you left your company health plan, BUT from the month your Medicare Part A began not when your Medicare Part B began.
Sydney, you were denied Medicare Part D prescription coverage because you did not follow Medicare’s LEP rule and will receive a Part D penalty when you enroll during Medicare’s Annual Enrollment period.
Related: Can I Delay Medicare Enrollment?
Americans retiring after 65, that are leaving company health plans and applying for Medicare Parts A and B, must also prove they have “creditable coverage” when applying for a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan.
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Originally published October 19, 2022