Should I sign up for Medicare?

by | New to Medicare, See All, Turning 65 This Year

By Gary Smith

The Medicare maze is very confusing especially if you plan to work past age 65. If this applies to you, listen up. If you work past age 65, and want to delay your Medicare, you must meet the following:

TWO-part rule. This rule also applies to your spouse.

Part One: Working Full time; AND

Part Two: Covered by a Group Health Plan through your current full-time employer.

Let’s assume you are still working full-time with Group Health Coverage. What else should you consider in making your decision?

FirstYou need to consider the Part B income penalty. For 2023, if you make over $97,000 as an individual filer or over $194,000 as a joint filer, you will have to pay a penalty. If your income is over these amounts, call my office to
discuss your options.

Second: Your Group Deductible and how much you actually pay for your Group Coverage. For example, if your group deductible is $500.00 and the company pays 100% of the cost, why would you pay $2000.00 plus per year for Medicare to cover a $500.00 deductible. Why not just save the $2000.00?

ThirdWhat about your Spouse? If you are turning 65 but your spouse is 62, most companies are not going to let you keep your spouse on the group health plan if you’re not on the plan. Note: Individual Health plans for someone 60 plus start at $800.00/month with a $7,500 deductible. So, you need to keep working and delay your Medicare until your spouse is 18 months out from her 65th birthday. This way she can take COBRA.

Remember at Gary Smith Agency, “We Put the CARE in Medicare” so, we welcome your calls and questions. Call 833-777-GARY (4279)