A recent mailing from OneExchange about Medicare part B premium recurring reimbursements couldn't have been more confusing in both the content and the timing. There is no explaining why they chose to send out that mailing now. It seems to me they could have done it months ago. People are confused enough right now about whether or not they need to do anything for enrollment.
Here's the deal on HRA reimbursements. You can get reimbursements two ways. It can be recurring or you can file for them yourself. You can get reimbursed for bills such as your insurance premiums, your copays (aka coinsurance), doctor bills for doctors that do not take Medicare. Medicare part B premiums are just "insurance premiums".
In an earlier post I mentioned that people who could afford to "pre-pay" insurance policy premiums for an entire year and then submit the claim to OneExchange to be reimbursed were able to very quickly "drain" their HRA accounts and were done with any reimbursement paperwork by February. However, you cannot do that with Medicare part B premiums. The federal government is not setup for "prepay"!
Reminder for those people who retired before 1997 and get SHAP reimbursement for part B premiums up to a maximum of $900 - you can only apply for reimbursement from OneExchange for the remaining amount of part B payments you make ($358.80 if your part B is $104.90 in 2014).