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2019 Medicare Part B Reimbursement

We have been informed that the City of New York Health Benefits Program will distribute the 2019 Medicare Part B reimbursements by the end of April 2020.

Eligible recipients are as follows:

  • Retirees and/or their eligible dependent, with a Medicare Part B effective date between 2016 and 2019, will be reimbursed at the rate of $135.50 per month ($1,626 annual total.)
  • Retirees and/or their eligible dependent, with a Medicare Part B effective date prior to 2016, will be reimbursed at the rate of $109.00 per month ($1,308 annual total.)

2019 Medicare Part B Reimbursement Differential

As you may know, you and/or your dependent may be eligible for an additional reimbursement of up to $300, known as the “Reimbursement Differential”, if you and/or your dependent meet any of the following criteria:

  • Your Medicare Part B, and/or your dependent’s Medicare Part B, effective date is prior to 2016 and you and/or your dependent’s 2019 monthly Medicare Part B premium was between $110.00 and $135.50.

  • You and/or your dependent did not receive Social Security benefits and were billed directly for Medicare Part B premiums.

  • You and/or your dependent were newly enrolled in Medicare Part B in 2019 and did not receive the higher reimbursement because you and/or your dependent is a member of TIAA (CUNY), Brooklyn Public Library, Queens Public Library or are a Line of Duty Survivor.

Please note, if you have applied, or intend to apply for IRMAA reimbursement for 2019, you should not submit for the “Reimbursement Differential”, as we are informed that the additional differential payment will automatically be issued to you, separate from your IRMAA payment.

Download a copy of the 2019 Medicare Part B Reimbursement Differential Request Form.  Please review it carefully.  If you believe you and/or your dependent may be eligible for the reimbursement differential, please complete and return the form according to the instructions provided.