Last week we discussed the coming big article in our Q1 2018 Newsletter concerning the new Medicare Tiers and Means Testing. In that article we discuss the income levels that will trigger higher premiums.
If you have been targeted of higher means, you will receive an IRMAA letter! You have been IRMAATized
Short for Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount –
Definition – You have been Mean’s Tested and the Social Security Administration (SSA) is asking you to pay more for Medicare Premiums.
The SSA is likely looking at your income from two years ago.
Good News- There is a solution if this is an unusual income amount or you have had a life changing event. This SSA Form 44 from the SSA is what you will need.
Life Changing Events According to SSA:
- Death of Your Spouse
- Work Stoppage
- Work Reduction
- Loss of Income-Producing Property
- Loss of Pension Income
- Employer Settlement Payment
There are literally check boxes with these subjects in it. Of course life has curve balls that may not allow you to “Check the Box” … We have had continued success with folks going to the SSA office and presenting their case directly to the agent.
We would suggest the timely but productive visit if there is anything out of the ordinary with your proving of “Life Changing Event”!
“ I understand that signing this form does not constitute a request for SSA to use a more recent tax year information unless it is accompanied by:
- Evidence that I have had the life-changing event indicated on this form;
- A copy of my Federal tax return; or
- Other evidence of the more recent tax year’s modified adjusted gross income”
This information is stated just before a signature section on the SSA Form. Heed the warning and bring whatever proof in order to speed processing.
There you have it … many more options to correct the situation than a “Dear John” letter!
Have a Great “Non IRMAATized” Day!
John A. Kvale CFA, CFP