Jeri Fields: Open enrollment period is about to start for new year

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 28, 2023

If you did not apply for Medicare Part B (medical insurance) within three months before or after turning age 65, you have another chance each year during the General Enrollment Period.  The period runs from Jan. 1 to March 31 every year. 

If you don’t enroll in Part B when you’re first eligible for it, you may have to pay a late enrollment penalty for as long as you have Part B coverage.  Your monthly premium will increase 10% for each 12-month period that you were eligible for Part B but did not sign up for it.  Your coverage starts the first day of the month after you sign up. 

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Jeri Fields is the manager of the district Social Security office in Ironton.