Medicare premiums


Q. What month are Medicare premiums deducted from Social Security checks? I always thought that January premiums were deducted from the January benefit that is received in February. I’ve been told by Social Security that’s not true and that my Medicare premium for January 2012 was deducted from my December 2011 benefit that I received in January. Is that correct?

A. Yes. Medicare premiums must be paid at the beginning of the month, not retroactively.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

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