Mr. C became eligible for Medicare but declined Part B.
What To Do:
Mr. C contacted the Social Security Office once more. A representative informed him that he was still in his Initial Enrollment Period (IEP) when he enrolled in Part B in January. The representative explained the IEP begins three months before a person becomes eligible for Medicare and ends three months after. That means Mr. C’s IEP began in September 2012 and will last through March 2013. Since Mr. C enrolled in the fifth month of his IEP, his coverage should begin in March 2013, the second month following the month of enrollment. The Social Security representative corrected the mistake.
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