A Guide to Part B Penalties

July 16, 2015

What are Medicare Part B penalties?

If you sign up late for Medicare Part B, you will have to pay a late penalty premium every month for the rest of your life, along with your Part B premium. Your monthly Part B premium will go up 10% for each full 12-month period that you could have had Medicare Part B but did not take it. You will pay this higher premium as long as you have Medicare Part B.

You may not have to pay the penalty if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. You might qualify for an SEP if you had health insurance through your job or your spouse’s job when you were first eligible to sign up for Medicare Part B.

Learn more about penalties here.