Medicare – Part B Reimbursement

Attention Medicare Retirees and Spouses: Medicare Part B Premium Reimbursements for 2020

For 2020, Medicare is once again charging different Medicare Part B premiums with a new standard of $144.60 per month. Please determine which of the following categories you fall into and your next steps:

  1. Your and/or your spouse’s (collectively, “your”) 2019 Medicare Part B premium reimbursement (Reimbursement) from the EUTF was individually equal to or greater than $135.50 per month or $406.50 per quarter. The EUTF will automatically adjust your 2020 Reimbursement to the 2020 standard amount. You do not have to do anything.
  2. Your 2019 Reimbursement from the EUTF was individually less than $135.50 per month or $406.50 per quarter. The EUTF will not change your 2020 Reimbursement to the 2020 standard amount. You must submit a copy of your Social Security Administration (SSA) letter indicating your Medicare Part B premium to receive the correct Reimbursement; otherwise, your 2019 Reimbursement will continue into 2020.
  3. Your 2020 Medicare Part B premium is greater than the 2020 standard amount. You must provide EUTF with a copy of your SSA letter or Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) invoice indicating the higher Medicare Part B premium to receive the correct 2020 Reimbursement. You have up to two (2) years to submit a copy of your SSA letter or CMS invoice to receive proper Reimbursement.

**If the EUTF reimburses you an amount which is more than what you are paying, you will be subject to collection of the overpayment and it may affect future Reimbursements.**


Required Documents and Reimbursement

If you and/or your dependent(s) are Medicare eligible (age 65 or older, or qualified disabled) and covered under EUTF retiree medical and/or prescription drug plans, you must submit the following to the EUTF:

  • Copy of your and/or your dependent’s Medicare card (indicating enrollment in Medicare Part B)
  • Direct Deposit Agreement Form
  • SSA letter or CMS invoice for you and/or your spouse/partner indicating the Medicare Part B premium amount. Medicare retirees that pay a higher income-related monthly adjusted premium must submit a copy of their SSA letter or CMS invoice to the EUTF each year.

Reimbursement begins the later of the effective date of your Medicare Part B coverage or the first day of the month that you provide EUTF with the required documents noted above.

Retirees who pay a higher income-related monthly adjusted premium will be reimbursed the higher amount. However, if EUTF does not receive a copy of your SSA letter showing your higher income-related monthly adjusted premium each year, EUTF will automatically reset your Medicare Part B premium reimbursement to the Medicare standard amount every January 1st. The higher income-related monthly amounts are limited to a two-year lookback period. Please note that the EUTF will not reimburse for any late enrollment penalties.


Dependent Children and Active EUTF Employees
Medicare Part B premium reimbursement does not apply to:

  • Dependent children
  • Medicare eligible active EUTF employees and their dependents covered by EUTF or HSTA VB active employee plans

However, the Medicare Part B premium reimbursement does apply to an active employee enrolled in Medicare Part B and covered by an EUTF or HSTA VB retiree plan through his/her spouse or partner.