If you must pay more for your Part B premium because of your income and you disagree with the decision that you need to pay a higher premium amount, you have the right to request an appeal (also known as a reconsideration). You may request an appeal in writing by completing a Request for Reconsideration (Form SSA-561-U2). You also can request a copy of the form by calling us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).
However, if your income has gone down due to certain specific circumstances or you filed an amended tax return, you can ask for a new decision without having to file an appeal. Read our fact sheet, Medicare Part B Premiums: New Rules for Beneficiaries With Higher Incomes (SSA Publication No. 05-10161) for more details. You do not have to file an appeal to get a new initial decision.
For more information, visit our website at www.socialsecurity.gov/mediinfo.htm, call us toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or visit your local Social Security office.
To learn more about Medicare Part B coverage, visit www.medicare.gov.