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Medicare Part B reimbursements

The Employee Health Benefits Program Medicare Part B reimbursements for 2013 began to be sent out in August 2014.

Refunds automatically will be sent to retirees who have been covered by the City Health Benefits Program and received a refund for 2012 or retired in 2013 and were Medicare-eligible, or became covered by Medicare Part B in 2013.

Retirees who had been covered by Medicare Part B in 2013 paid a base Medicare premium of $104.90 per month unless they were means-tested for 2013 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. 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 complex nature of these IRMAA refunds, it will take several months for these refund checks to be issued. Members should expect the IRMAA refunds in March 2015.

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 2013, 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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