Do I Need Medicare Part B If I Have Cobra?

Can I take Cobra instead of Medicare?

How Medicare and COBRA work together depends on which type of coverage you have first.

If you have Medicare first and then become eligible for COBRA, you can have both Medicare and COBRA.

It is important to remember that Medicare pays first and COBRA pays second..

What happens if you don’t take Medicare Part B?

If you didn’t get Part B when you’re first eligible, your monthly premium may go up 10% for each 12-month period you could’ve had Part B, but didn’t sign up. In most cases, you’ll have to pay this penalty each time you pay your premiums, for as long as you have Part B.

What is creditable coverage for Medicare Part B?

The Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) requires entities (whose policies include prescription drug coverage) to notify Medicare eligible policyholders whether their prescription drug coverage is creditable coverage, which means that the coverage is expected to pay on average as much as the standard Medicare prescription …

How does Cobra work with Medicare Part B?

If you have COBRA when you become Medicare-eligible, your COBRA coverage usually ends on the date you get Medicare. You should enroll in Part B immediately because you are not entitled to a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) when COBRA ends. … You may be able to keep COBRA coverage for services that Medicare does not cover.

Is Cobra creditable coverage for Part B?

Under current law, COBRA coverage does not count towards creditable prior coverage for Medicare Part B, which means that when your COBRA ends and you decide to sign up for Medicare Part B after the date you originally could have joined, you will face a 10% per year for life penalty on the cost of Part B.

Do I have to sign up for Medicare Part B if I have private insurance?

You Need Sign Up for Medicare Part B. If you are paying for your own insurance, you may think you do not need to sign up for Medicare when you turn 65. However, not signing up for Medicare Part B right away can cost you down the road.