Beginning in January 2017, retirees under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) will face a 10 percent increase in their Medicare Part B premiums. While the “hold harmless” provision of the Social Security Act will protect Social Security beneficiaries (and FERS participants) against this steep premium increase, CSRS retirees and other non-contributors to Social Security will remain unprotected -- unless Congress steps in.
Last year Congress protected CSRS retirees against large Medicare Part B premium increases, but that protection covered only 2016 increases and will soon expire.
Congress during the current lame duck session will consider legislation renewing protection for 2017, but approval remains uncertain. Regardless whether you’re a CSRS or FERS participant, please send the following message to your House and Senate lawmakers to urge protection for all CSRS retirees against these high Medicare Part B premiums.