Much like the Medicare Part D penalty, you may also be subject to a penalty if you decide not to enroll in Medicare Part B when you are first eligible. The late enrollment penalty for Medicare Part B is an additional 10% for each full 12-month period that you could have had Part B but didn’t sign up for it. You will pay the penalty for as long as you’re enrolled in Medicare Part B.

Mrs. Smith waited to sign up for Part B three full years after she was eligible. She’ll pay a 10% penalty for each full 12-month period she waited. The penalty is added to the Part B monthly premium, which is $121.80 in 2016.

2016 standard Part B premium                               $121.80

3 years x 10% = 30% of $121.80                            $36.54

Mrs. Smith's Part B monthly premium for 2016          $158.34

This penalty may not apply to you if you are still working for an employer who provides group health coverage when you become eligible for Medicare.

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