Common Medicare Questions
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What is the Medicare late enrollment penalty?
If you do not enroll when first eligible into a Medicare Part D plan, a penalty will be added to your monthly Part D premium for as long as you have Part D coverage.
The penalty for not enrolling when eligible is 1% of the “national base beneficiary premium” for every month you were not enrolled in a Part D policy. So, if someone goes 20 months without creditable coverage or enrollment into a Part D plan, they would pay 20% of the “national base beneficiary premium.” For example, in 2018, the national base premium was $35.02, and multiplied by 20% would calculate to $7.00 per month penalty for as long as the beneficiary is enrolled in a Part D plan.
Note: Many will decline coverage when first eligible because they are not taking medications at that time. However, please weigh this against not only the costs of your Part D plan, but the risk of being prescribed expensive medications in the future and not having the financial means to cover the costs.