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Medicare Part B reimbursements

The Employee Health Benefits Program, Medicare Part B reimbursements for 2011 began to be sent on Aug. 17.

Refunds automatically will be sent to retirees who have been covered by the City Health Benefits Program and received a refund for 2010 or retired in 2011 and were Medicare eligible, or became covered by Medicare Part B in 2011.

Retirees who had been covered by Medicare Part B in 2011 paid a base Medicare premium of $96.40, unless you were a new Medicare recipient or were means tested for 2011 IRMAA (Income Related Monthly Adjustment Act); you paid $115.40.

In 2007, the Bush administration began means testing (which is income-based) for Medicare part B beneficiaries. This required some of you to pay a higher amount known as IRMAA.

The city does not know who paid IRMAA surcharges, as income information was provided by the IRS to Medicare. 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 the Medicare Part B reimbursement check stub. Members who are entitled to the IRMAA refund should complete the notification to the city immediately. Due to the complex nature of these IRMAA refunds, it is a manual process and therefore it will take several months for these refunds checks to be issued. Members should expect the IRMAA refunds beginning March 2013.

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 you have moved in the last year or if you are a dependent of a retiree who died in 2011, please contact: Health Benefits Program, 40 Rector St., 3rd floor, New York, NY 10036. Attention: Medicare Reimbursement Unit. Be sure to include the retiree’s Social Security number on all correspondence.

If you have any questions, you can contact the UFT at the Retiree Health number: 1-212-598-7726.

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