Medicare Part B


Q. I am 75 years old and retiring from the federal government under FERS. I have Federal Employees Health Benefits coverage and Medicare Part A. Is it a requirement for me to sign up for Medicare Part B if I will keep FEHB, or is it just my option to sign up for Medicare Part B?

A. There is no requirement that you sign up for Medicare Part B. It’s an option that you can accept or reject. If you accept it, you’ll have to pay the premiums.


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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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