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The Medicare Part B give back plan, or premium reduction plan is a feature of Medicare Advantage. Yet, only some Medicare Advantage plans offer this benefit, and it isn’t available in all areas. Those with this plan may see a higher amount on their social security check, depending on your Part B premium payment method.
What is the Part B Premium Reduction Plan
The Part B premium reduction plan is just like it sounds. You enroll in the policy, and the carrier pays either part or the whole premium for Part B. In the summary of benefits or evidence of coverage, you’ll see a section that says Part B premium buy-down; this is where you can see how much of a reduction you’ll get. Although, your agent or the customer service number on the back of your card can also tell you about the coverage.
Are Medicare Advantage Plans with Part B Give Back Popular
These plans are becoming more widely available. In 2021, there will be 48 states offering a Medicare Advantage plan with a Part B premium reduction. So, it’s fair to say the popularity of these plans is increasing.
Which Companies Offer Part B Premium Reduction
Humana is one company that offers the give back option on Medicare Advantage plans. In some areas, Cigna may have a Part B premium reduction plan. Even Aetna has a Part B give back in some areas. Further, there are likely more companies offering this type of policy than just the ones we’ve mentioned. Also, consider the plan ratings before you enroll.
Who is Eligible for the Part B Buy-Down Plan?
Those that pay their own Part B premium will be eligible for the Part B buy-down. But, anyone with Medicaid or other forms of assistance that could pay the Part B premium can’t enroll in these plans. The plan only participates with Social Security; so, no direct payments are sent to you by the carrier.
How Much Do I Get Back with a Part B Give Back Plan
The amount you get back can range from $0.10 in some counties up to $148.50. Also, the amount you get back will depend on the options in your area. Further, sometimes the same plan name will have a different premium buy-down in different counties.
How to Get a Medicare Part B Give Back Plan
To get a Part B premium reduction plan, you must be enrolled in Part A and Part B. Then, you must not have End-Stage Renal Disease or accepting government assistance that pays part of the Part B premium already.
But, if you don’t qualify for a give-back plan, there are plenty of plan options on the market. Our agents can answer your questions and walk you through the process of finding the best plan for you.
Give us a call at the number above to talk to an agent today. Also, you can fill out an online rate form to discover your rates now!