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Medicare Part B Reimbursements

The Employee Health Benefits Program started sending out Medicare Part B reimbursements for 2014 at the end of July 2015.

The mailing was expected to be completed by the end of August 2015. If you haven’t received your refund, please call 1-212-598- 7726 and speak to a health consultant. Refunds automatically will be sent to retirees who have been covered by the City Health Benefits Program and received a refund for 2013 or retired in 2014 and were Medicareeligible, or became covered by Medicare Part B in 2014.

Retirees who had been covered by Medicare Part B in 2014 paid a base Medicare premium of $104.90 per month unless they were means tested for 2014 IRMAA (Income Related Monthly Adjustment Act). In 2007, the Bush administration began means testing (which is income-based) for Medicare Part B beneficiaries. This required some retirees to pay a higher amount known as IRMAA.

The city does not know who paid the IRMAA surcharge, as income information was provided by the IRS to Medicare directly. Therefore, a process was created for the city to reimburse those members who were affected by this payment.

This year, the Medicare Part B refund check will have IRMAA instructions on a cover letter accompanying the Medicare Part B reimbursement check. Members who are entitled to the IRMAA refund should complete the notification to the city immediately.

Due to the manual processing of these IRMAA refunds, it will take time for these refund checks to be issued. Members should expect the IRMAA refunds starting in April 2016 if they file within a few weeks of receiving their refund.

Members who file for the IRMAA refunds should send the information via regular mail as certified mail may delay the process. As always, members are advised to keep copies of all information sent to the city regarding this refund.

If a member has moved in the last year or if a dependent of a retiree died in 2014, contact: Health Benefits Program, 40 Rector St., 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10006. Attention: Medicare Reimbursement Unit. Include the retiree’s Social Security number on all correspondence. If there are any questions, you can contact the UFT at the Retiree Health number: 1-212- 598-7726.

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