When getting a Medicare prescription drug plan, there are two options that you can go through. One way is through the Medicare part D plan, and the other is through Medicare Advantage. However, you must take note of the designated enrollment period to join the drug plan. Failure to do so will grant you a “Late Enrollment Penalty.”
What exactly is the Late Enrollment Penalty (LEP)?
The LEP is an additional amount that you will permanently pay together with your drug plan premium. You’ll receive this penalty if you haven’t enrolled in Medicare drug coverage for 63 days after the Initial Enrollment Period. This also applies if you are not registered in a creditable prescription drug coverage and not only exclusive to Medicare drug coverage.
How much is the Late Enrollment Penalty?
Two factors affect the amount of the LEP. One factor is the number of whole months without drug coverage. Meanwhile, the other is the “national base beneficiary premium” of the current year since it can change every year.
The first step is to determine 1% of the national base premium ($33.06 in 2021). The next step is to multiply the answer by the number of months without coverage. Lastly, round up the answer to the nearest $0.10. This amount will be added to the monthly premium for as long as the client has Medicare drug coverage.
How to avoid the Late Enrollment Penalty?
Aside from being one of our top priorities in life, health care is also expensive. To maintain excellent health, we should also be wary of our finances. This is why we cannot afford to spend money in unnecessary ways, such as paying the LEP. Here are ways to avoid being subject to the late enrollment penalty.
When it comes to your health and finances, you should always be aware. These are vital aspects of your life that you should never neglect. Always make sure that you have great control and protection of these things.
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