Tell Congress: Simplify Medicare Part B enrollment to avoid costly mistakes—co-sponsor the BENES Act!

Contact Your Members of Congress

Enrolling in Medicare Part B can be complicated. The 10,000 people aging into Medicare each day are asking questions like these: Should I enroll in Medicare if I’m still working? What if my spouse is still working? Can I wait to enroll when I start Social Security benefits at age 66 or 70?

Getting these answers wrong can lead to costly mistakes and gaps in health coverage among many people new to Medicare. Congress needs to act now to simplify Part B enrollment and make sure every American gets accurate information about how and when to enroll in Medicare.

A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress—the Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification (BENES) Act—would improve the Part B enrollment process. Through better notice, updated enrollment periods, and more, the BENES Act modernizes enrollment rules written when Medicare was first created more than 50 years ago. More than 70 organizations representing older adults, people with disabilities, insurers, and health care providers support the BENES Act.

Urge your members of Congress to co-sponsor the BENES Act and improve the Part B enrollment process for the 10,000 people aging into Medicare each day.

People receiving Social Security benefits are automatically enrolled in Part B, but today many Americans are working longer, delaying retirement, and deferring those benefits. These individuals must actively enroll in Medicare, taking into account varied and complicated rules. Those who mistakenly delay Part B can face a lifetime of higher premiums and may go without needed care.

We need your help to pass the BENES Act!

In 2014, 750,000 people with Medicare were paying a lifetime late enrollment penalty because they waited too long to sign up for Part B. The average penalty amounted to a nearly 30 percent increase in a person’s monthly Part B premium. Far too many people with Medicare are saddled with higher health care costs and gaps in coverage due to a fragmented Part B enrollment system.

Take action today! Tell your member of Congress to co-sponsor the BENES Act.