Can You Have Medicare Premiums Deducted from Your Social Security Check?

Christian Worstell
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  • You may be able to have your Medicare premiums deducted directly from your Social Security check each month. Learn more about how to have your Medicare premiums automatically deducted each month if you’re eligible.

You may receive a Social Security check each month, and you likely pay monthly premiums for Medicare Part B, which is administrated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Social Security Administration. 

So can your Medicare premiums simply be deducted right from your Social Security check?

The answer is yes, Medicare premiums may be automatically deducted from your Social Security check each month, saving you the hassle of having to pay them manually. Below is a rundown of various Medicare premiums, how they relate to Social Security and some of the options you may have for paying your Medicare premiums. 

Can Medicare Part A Premiums Be Deducted From Social Security?

No, Medicare Part A premiums may not be deducted directly from your Social Security check. 

However, most beneficiaries do not need to pay a premium for Part A. If you or your spouse have worked and paid Medicare taxes for at least 40 quarters (10 years), you will likely qualify for premium-free Part A. 

If you paid Medicare taxes for fewer than 40 quarters, you may owe monthly premium for Medicare Part A. You may pay your Part A premium in one of four ways:

  • Online through your MyMedicare account using a credit card, debit card, savings account or checking account
  • Through your bank using an online payment service
  • Medicare Easy Pay, which is an automatic withdrawal from your savings or checking account on the 20th of each month
  • By mail, using a check, money order, credit card or debit card and the paper bill that is sent to you each month by mail

Can Medicare Part B Premiums Be Deducted From Social Security?

Yes. In fact, Medicare can automatically deduct your Part B premium directly from your Social Security check if you are both enrolled in Part B and collecting Social Security benefits. 

Most Part B beneficiaries have their premiums deducted directly from their Social Security benefits. Part B premiums may also be deducted directly from Railroad Retirement Board benefits. 

The benefit of having your Part B premium deducted from your Social Security check is more than just convenience. Those who do are protected by the hold harmless provision.

The hold harmless provision mandates that Social Security benefits may not be reduced because of increases to the Part B premium that are greater than the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) that is made to Social Security benefits each year. 

Those who do not have their Part B premium deducted from Social Security are not protected by the provision and may have experience a Part B premium increase that is greater than the COLA amount, thereby reducing the amount of their Social Security benefit.

Can Private Medicare Plan Premiums Be Deducted From Social Security?

There are three primary types of private Medicare insurance: Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage), Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug Plans) and Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap). 

Two of those types, Medicare Part C and Part D, may allow you to deduct your premiums directly from your Social Security check. You will need to work with the insurance company that provides your plan to set it up. The option to deduct your plan premiums from your Social Security check may not be offered by every insurance company. 

Private Medicare insurance companies typically offer many of the same payment options as Original Medicare (Medicare Part A and Part B), such as online bill payments, mail-in payments and automatic withdrawals or payments. 

Christian Worstell
About the Author

Christian Worstell is a licensed insurance agent and a Senior Staff Writer for HelpAdvisor.com. He is passionate about helping people navigate the complexities of federal benefits and understand their coverage options.

His work has been featured in outlets such as VoxMSN, and The Washington Post, and he is a frequent contributor to health care and finance blogs.

Christian is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He currently lives in Raleigh, NC.

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