What is the Medicare Part D IRMAA?
If a beneficiary’s “modified adjusted gross income” is greater than the specified threshold amounts ($85,000 for 2017 and 2018 tax returns for a beneficiary filing an individual income tax return or married and filing a separate return, and $170,000 for a beneficiary filing a joint tax return), then the beneficiary is responsible for a larger portion of the total cost of Part D benefit coverage. In addition to the normal Part D premium paid to a plan, such beneficiaries must pay an Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA). Unlike the normal Part D premium, beneficiaries will not pay the Part D income-related monthly adjustment amounts to Part D plans. Instead, the Part D income-related monthly adjustment amounts will be collected by the federal government.
Important points about the Part D IRMAA to keep in mind:
- If you owe an IRMAA, Social Security will send you a letter notifying you that the extra amount you owe will be added to your Medicare Part D premium.
- The Part D IRMAA is billed directly by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which means any IRMAA payment should not be sent to your prescription drug plan.
- If you do not pay your IRMAA, you may be at risk for disenrollment from your Medicare Part D plan.
- More information about the Part D IRMAA can be found on the website.
Return to the Medicare FAQ section to view more answers to other commonly asked questions about Medicare prescription drug coverage.