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MATMAN14  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, January 20, 2021 5:38:40 AM(UTC)

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Starting Medicare. Trying to find out if the Part B premiums can be taken out of annuity monthly. Medicare site says to call and set it up if you do not receive SSA (which I dont). However, when I called Medicare, they said to call OPM.

How do current CSRS Medicare retirees do this?
Thanks for any insight.
Happytogether  
#2 Posted : Wednesday, January 20, 2021 7:55:11 AM(UTC)
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You have to call Medicare at: 800-633-4227. This is in accordance with Medicare guidance.
Medicare coordinates with OPM to deduct part B costs from annuity.
I did this about a year ago and it works great.

https://www.medicare.gov...y-part-a-part-b-premiums



GoHuskers  
#3 Posted : Wednesday, January 20, 2021 10:51:18 AM(UTC)

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Have you actually filed for Medicare with SSA? They process your application to enroll in Medicare. You provide them with your CSRS Claim number (the one that begins with "CSA") and when the claim is processed they will enter the coding needed to have the premium withheld from your annuity. If you've already enrolled and didn't give them the info at that time (or did and they neglected to enter it) then call Medicare per the prior post.
MATMAN14  
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Did put n for Medicare. Did not get CSA requested. Called Medicare and they said that OPM does it. Called OPM and they said to call SSA. Will try again.
MATMAN14  
#5 Posted : Wednesday, January 20, 2021 3:03:30 PM(UTC)

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To Happy Together. Do they take it out monthly? Thanks! Will call Medicare again tomorrow.
Happytogether  
#6 Posted : Thursday, January 21, 2021 4:10:56 AM(UTC)
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Yes, the Medicare premium is automatically deducted every month from the annuity. It is noted on each monthly statement just like deduction for FEHB insurance. The premium adjustment for 2021 Medicare Part B costs was automatically adjusted in my January 2021 annuity statement. Looks like once it’s done you don’t need to mess with it again.
MATMAN14  
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Happy Together: thanks so much for the help! Calling again this morning.
MATMAN14  
#8 Posted : Thursday, January 21, 2021 5:17:57 AM(UTC)

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Happy Together: Just got off phone with Medicare, gave them my CSA and it is being processed! Dont know what the problem was with previous call, but looks like it will work now!
emkute  
#9 Posted : Saturday, January 30, 2021 7:42:13 PM(UTC)
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I applied for Medicare about 4 years ago. I chose to pay with a credit card to earn cash back rather than link it to my annuity.
emkute  
#10 Posted : Saturday, January 30, 2021 7:43:57 PM(UTC)
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I applied for Medicare about 4 years ago. I chose to pay with a credit card to earn cash back rather than link it to my annuity.
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