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Questions about your IRMAA or Medicare Part B Reimbursements?

IRMAA 2019 Reimbursement 

IRMAA 2019 reimbursements are currently being issued through the end of October 2020. Please check your bank account/statement (or the mail, if you are receiving a physical check) over the next two weeks for your payment.


IRMAA 2019 Differential Reimbursement 

IRMAA 2019 Differential payments are scheduled to be issued by the end of November 2020.

  • For those retirees/eligible dependents of a retiree with a Medicare Part B effective date prior to 2016, they will receive an additional amount up to $318. 


Medicare Part B 2019 Differential Reimbursement 

Medicare Part B 2019 differential reimbursements are scheduled to be issued by the end of March 2021. 

  • For those retirees/eligible dependents who are not eligible for IRMAA, Medicare Part B 2019 differential payments up to $318 will be issued once the Medicare Part B and IRMAA payments are processed in calendar year 2020. 
  • Those retirees/eligible dependents who are eligible for 2019 Medicare Part B differential reimbursements must submit the Medicare Part B 2019 Reimbursement Differential Request Form, along with required documentation.
  • Please submit this form, along with all required documents, electronically to: https://nycemployeebenefits.leapfile.net


The Medicare Part B Reimbursement Program video provides information about the different types of Medicare Part B reimbursements that the City provides, as well as information to help you to see whether you qualify to receive these payments, and how to apply.    
  

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Please note that if you were Medicare-eligible prior to 2016, you must complete the Medicare Part B Differential Form for 2019 in order to receive the Medicare Part B differential payment.  The payment is based on the amount that you paid in 2019.

If you are applying for IRMAA, you will be receiving the differential payment once IRMAA 2019 payments are processed in October 2020.

If you were enrolled in Medicare Part B effective after 2016, then you are already receiving the full payment and do not need to complete the Medicare Part B Differential Form.

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Retiree Responsibilities and Assistance

 

Your Responsibilities

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Here are some important things that you need to remember:

 

  • Complete an enrollment form to add new dependents (newborn, adoption, marriage) within 30 days after the event;
  • Notify the NYC Health Benefits Program and your health plan in writing when your address changes;
  • Review your pension check to ensure appropriate premiums are deducted;
  • Know your rights and responsibilities under COBRA continuation coverage.

If You Need Assistance

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Retirees with questions about benefits, services, or claims should write or call their health plan.

When writing to the plan, give your certificate number, name and address.

The Health Benefits Program is also available to provide service and information to City retirees who have questions about or problems with their health benefits or pension check deductions.

Retirees contacting the Health Benefits Program should always include the following information (please print clearly):


Name, Address and Telephone Number
Complete Social Security Number
Pension Number 

 

Inquiries and questions can be emailed to healthbenefits@olr.nyc.gov


Who Do I Contact After Retirement?

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Retirees can contact the Health Benefits Program:

  • For questions concerning eligibility and enrollment
  • For questions regarding deductions for health benefits taken from your pension check
  • For Transfer Period information

 

To obtain applications to make changes to your coverage such as adding/dropping dependents, adding/dropping the optional rider, waiving health coverage and to change plans (excluding Medicare HMOs, which require a special application from the health plan).

 

  • For notification of enrollment in Medicare
  • For questions regarding Medicare Part B premium reimbursements
  • To obtain information and an application for COBRA benefits
  • To change your address
  • If health coverage has been terminated for you and/or your dependents 

When Should I Contact My Health Plan?

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(Refer to your health plan identification card or plan booklet for telephone numbers.)

 

  • If you have questions regarding covered services
  • To obtain written information about covered services
  • For information about the status of pending claims or claim disputes
  • For claim allowances (How much will a plan pay towards a claim?)
  • For health plan service areas

 

When writing to a health plan, include your name and address, certificate number, date(s) of service, and claim number(s), if applicable. Some plans also allow inquiries through their web sites.


When Should I Contact My Union/Welfare Fund?

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For information about:

  • Prescription drug coverage (if applicable)
  • Vision benefits
  • Dental benefits
  • Life Insurance (if applicable)

 
The Health Benefits Program is also available to provide service and information to City retirees who have questions about or problems with their health benefits or pension check deductions.

Retirees contacting the Health Benefits Program should always include the following information (please print clearly):

 

Name, Address and Telephone Number
Complete Social Security Number
Pension Number

 

 

Inquiries and questions can be emailed to healthbenefits@olr.nyc.gov 

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Health Plan Rate Chart for Retirees