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10/ 06/ 2020        ​NYC Office Of Labor Relations      Has Re-opened    

Regarding Medicare Part B reimbursements, as per my below email. I recommend that you do not submit your 2019 Medicare reimbursement form if you did not receive your full reimbursement.you should wait until October 2020 or when the Office of Labor Relations(OLR) has fully reopened for business . The OLR must first process all 2019 IRMAA payments and distribute them in late October 2020. I also recommend that when you mail your documents to OLR you send them registered mail so that you have a tracking number. They are suppose to send you a confirmation letter that they received your reimbursement request, however l received numerous phone calls last year stating that they never received a confirmation letter from them.

Due to the closure of the office, retirees who mailed or faxed  forms or correspondence March 11,2020 or after, they cannot access or process that form, you may want to resubmit at a later date as per the above.

FYI, stay safe

Frank Martarella

The following is information provided to us by the Office of Labor Relations - Health Benefits Program regarding the Medicare Part B 2019 Reimbursement, Part B 2019 Differential Reimbursement, and Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA) 2019 Reimbursement.

MEDICARE PART B 2019 REIMBURSEMENTS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED BY the  END of  APRIL  2020. 

  • For those retirees/eligible dependent of a retiree with a Medicare Part B effective date between 2016 and 2019, they will be reimbursed at the rate of $135.50 per month. ($135.50 x 12 months = $1,626 annual amount) 

  • For those retirees/eligible dependent of a retiree with a Medicare Part B effective date prior to 2016, they will be reimbursed at the rate of $109.00 per month. ($109 x 12 months = $1,308 annual amount)

  • For those retirees/eligible dependent of a retiree with a Medicare Part B effective date prior to 2016, they will receive an additional amount up to $300. They MUST submit a Medicare Part B 2019 Reimbursement Differential Request Form  

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IRMAA         2019 REIMBURSEMENTS ARE SCHEDULED TO BE ISSUED BY THE END OF OCTOBER 2020

  • Those retirees who are eligible for IRMAA MUST submit the IRMAA 2019 Reimbursement Application

  • Health Benefits Program staff will be processing 2019 IRMAA forms once the Medicare Part B 2019 payment is issued in April 2020. 

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  • MEDICARE PART B 2019  DIFFERENTIAL   REIMBURSEMENTS ARE SCHEDULED TO BE ISSUED BY THE END OF MARCH 2021. 

  • Medicare Part B 2019 differential payments up to $300 will be issued once the Medicare Part B and IRMAA payments are processed in calendar year 2020. 

  • Those retirees who are eligible for 2019 Medicare Part B differential reimbursements MUST  submit  the   Medicare  Part B  2019   Reimbursement  Differential  Request  Form  

  • Health Benefits Program staff will be processing Medicare Part B 2019 Reimbursement Differential Request Form  once IRMAA  payments  are  issued  in  October  2020 

  • Please note that, if you are applying for IRMAA AND eligible for this additional $300 reimbursement, you do  NOT  need to complete  the Medicare Part B  2019 Reimbursement

  • Differential Request Form since you will be receiving this amount at the same time the IRMAA payment is issued in October 2020.

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  •                                                 MEDICARE PART B REIMBURSEMENT

  • The City will reimburse retirees and their eligible dependents for Medicare Part B premiums paid, excluding any penalties. You must be receiving a City pension check and be Enrolled   as the contract holder for City Health benefits in order to receive reimbursement for Part B premiums.

  • For most retirees, the refund is issued automatically by the Health Benefits Program. If you are currently receiving your pension check through Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) or direct deposit, your reimbursement will be deposited directly into your bank account.  This will be separate from your pension payment. 

  • If you don’t have EFT or direct deposit, you will receive a check in the mail in June.

The reimbursement amount is based on the standard Medicare Part B premiums. If your Medicare Part B reimbursement amount was less than what you paid in Medicare Part B premiums, excluding penalties, you may be eligible for a Medicare Part B Differential reimbursement. To receive the differential reimbursement, please complete the Medicare Part B Differential Request form (below).

If you were eligible for Medicare Part B Reimbursement for prior years but did not enroll by providing a copy of your Medicare card, reimbursement is limited to the previous three (3) calendar years. To enroll, please complete the Medicare Part B Reimbursement Program Application.

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Due to the closure of the office, retirees who mailed or faxed forms or correspondence(s) on March 11, 2020 or after, we cannot access or process that form.   Please resubmit your documents as follows:

 

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

2) Forms/documents can be sent via email to NYCRetireesHBP@emblemhealth.com 

Please do NOT include your Social Security number, include your Employee ID or pension number only.

3) For questions regarding the PICA prescription drug benefit program please call 1-800-467- 2006

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