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Signing up late for Medicare Part B can trigger a lifelong penalty

Every day, 10,000 baby boomers — people age 51 to 69 — turn 65 and become eligible for Medicare. According to a recent survey by the Medicare Rights Center in New York, many are unclear about whether and when to sign up for Part B, which covers outpatient medical care, including most doctor visits.

Confusion can cause people to sign up late for Medicare Part B, which can lead to a hefty penalty that sticks with you for life.

Read more about how to avoid Medicare Part B late penalties in my L.A. Times Health Care Watch column, Signing up late for Medicare Part B can trigger a lifelong penalty.

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