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Paperless Medicare Premium Bill (CMS-500)?

I'm enrolled in Medicare Easy Pay, so my monthly premium payments are payed by automatic deduction. I still receive, every month, a paper Medicare Premium Bill (CMS-500) which states plainly at the top right corner, "THIS IS NOT A BILL."

 

I thought, okay I'll just go paperless for this billing since I don't need a paper bill which is not a bill, and  can look up the bill on-line if I need to. Besides, receiving this bill every month is problematic on two fronts. It's a security issue, because my medicare ID number, Medicare reminds me needs to be protected to reduce fraud, is printed twice on it and I have to deal with securely destroying it every month. Secondly is an environmental issues because of the waste it unnecessarily generates.

 

I was surprised, when scouring the medicare.gov website, that there was no option for me to go paperless for this bill. I chatted with a chat agent who said, indeed, there is no way to entirely avoid receiving paper bills, but I could opt for one annual paper bill. For that, I would have to call the main medicare number. After enduring a long wait on hold, the agent had to go off and investigate. She eventually came back and said she would have to "escalate" my request. So now I'm to wait ? days for a call to see if that worked.

 

Am I the only one who longs to go paperless for this monthly bill?

 

 

 

 

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@rm7683 you have

4 ways to pay your Medicare bill:

1. Pay online through your secure Medicare account — You can pay by credit card, debit card, or from your checking or savings account. Learn more about paying your premiums online.

2. Pay directly from your savings or checking account through your bank's online bill payment service  learn what information you need to have ready when you contact your bank to set up this service.

3. Sign up for Medicare Easy Pay, a free service that automatically deducts your premium payments from your savings or checking account each month. We'll deduct your premium from your bank account, usually on the 20th of the month.

4. Mail your payment to Medicare — You can pay by check, money order, credit card, or debit card. Fill out the payment coupon that comes with your bill. Payments sent without the coupon may be delayed.

If you pay by credit/debit card, enter the account information and expiration date as it appears on your card

 

https://www.medicare.gov/your-medicare-costs/pay-part-a-part-b-premiums


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Periodic Contributor

The issue is NOT how to pay my Medicare bill. That is taken care of automatically every month via my enrollment in Easy Pay. The issue is that it is extremely difficult and time consuming to suppress the flow of paper bills coming to me. Even then, the best outcome possible was to receive a paper bill annually instead of monthly.

Social Butterfly

As soon as you log in, pull down the tab at the top with your name, chose account settings, it will list your communication settings, click on the edit button, you should be able to chose how you want to set your communication preferences for 3 Medicare mailings, I’ve said yes to all 3 and receive all Medicare communications electronically, including the handbook.

This works for me I hope it answers your question.

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Thanks for the reply. I wish it was that easy. Two years ago I opted for all three as electronic communications. Since then the handbook, eMSNs, and occasional emails all have been delivered electronically. However the monthly CMS-500 comes relentlessly by paper through the mail.

 

If you have a few minutes to spare, get on the medicare chat and ask how you can stop receiving your premium bill by paper. You will soon find out it's not easy.

Social Butterfly

I went online to Medicare.gov and ask chat about the monthly paper premium bill CMS-500 you are receiving even through you have set up automatic payment for your premium through your checking/savings/bank account.

 They told me the “premium bill is not available electronically” even though the paper bill is marked “not a bill” like you said previously.

Since my premium is deducted from my Social Security deposit each month that is the reason, I don’t receive the paper bill like you do. However, I can visit the Social Security website and see the monthly electronic transaction.

I agree it doesn’t make sense for you to receive a paper bill.

Periodic Contributor

Thanks. That's helpful. It's good to know that when I begin taking social security, it can be eliminated altogether.

 

The medicare advanced resolution center eventually got back to me and said they have changed the paper bill to annual from monthly.

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