Medicare Part B: Do you need it?

Nearly half the questions health insurance hunters have involve or revolve around Medicare Part B. As in, do I need it? Can I afford it? What, if any, are the alternatives to Medicare Part B? What happens to the premium if I delay taking it? And by the way, what is it?

The short answer is that it depends. On your age, health, financial situation, etc.

And the clock is ticking. You have until close-of-business Monday to pick your 2018 health plan.  If you have last-minute questions, now is the time to get them answered.

Walton Franciseditor of Consumers’ Checkbook Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees, will be our guest today on our Your Turn radio show. It’s 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on or in the D.C. area on 1500 am. If you have questions or comments, email them to host Mike Causey (before showtime) at

The show will be archived on our homepage, along with earlier columns about special features of the different health plans. So if you can’t listen today, you can check it out later or pass it along to a friend or coworkers.


Your Turn with Mike Causey


Learn about everything from pay, benefits and retirement, to buyouts, COLAs and pay freezes. Call the show live Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. at 202-465-3080 with your questions. Dial 605-562-0264 to listen live from any phone. Follow Mike on Twitter and send him an email with your questions and comments. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Podcast One.

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