When Is the Medicare Part B Enrollment Period?


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The initial enrollment period for Medicare Part B is the seven-month period that starts three months before the month an individual becomes Medicare-eligible and ends three months after the eligibility month. Medicare also has an eight-month special enrollment period that begins the month after employment or group health insurance ends.

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When Is the Medicare Part B Enrollment Period?
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An individual can also enroll in Medicare Part B at any time during which he or his spouse is employed and he is covered by a group health plan because of that employment. Medicare Part B also has a yearly, general enrollment period from January 1 through March 31. As of 2015, waiting to enroll during this period may result in a 10 percent penalty for each 12-month period during which the individual could have been enrolled but was not being added to the individual's monthly premium.

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