The Division of Pensions and Benefits has mailed information about the reimbursement of 2020 Medicare Part B and Part D premiums for retirees who were subject to additional income-related premiums in 2020. The vast majority of our retirees paid only $144.60 per month for Medicare Part B premiums in 2020. If that is what you paid, you are not owed any additional reimbursement and can disregard the letter.
If you or your eligible spouse/partner paid more than $144.60 per month for Medicare coverage, you will need to submit a copy of the Cost-of-Living Adjustment letter(s) you received from Social Security in November of 2019 notifying you of your 2020 Medicare premium increases and the income-related premiums and a copy of your 2020 Social Security Form SSA-1099. If you are unable to locate the Cost-of-Living Adjustment letter, you can submit a copy of the first two pages of your 2018 federal tax return. If you do not receive a Form SSA-1099, you must submit other proof of Medicare premium payments for 2020. Proof of payment may be shown by forwarding copies of monthly billing statements or canceled checks.
The information in the letter indicates you will be able to submit this documentation online through your MBOS account. You are still able to submit your information by mail. Keep copies for your record.
The Division of Pensions and Benefits is still processing reimbursement checks for 2019. We have been told they anticipate processing the remainder of the forms by the end of the month and will begin to contact the members whose submissions may require additional documentation. The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly reduced the staff available to process these applications since they must be hand processed.