There is no question Medicare premiums are going up and up as are Medicare taxes. But to blame that on Obamacare is misdirected. Premiums are going up primarily because of the underlying use of health care services by a growing Medicare population and by the cost of each of those services.
Medicare Part B Premium 2014
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Ways to pay Part A & Part B premiums
If your premium is late, you’ll get a Second Notice reminding you to pay your premium. If you don’t pay the premium by the due date for the Second Notice, you’ll get a Delinquent Notice. If you get a Delinquent Notice and you don’t pay your premium by the 25th of the month, you’ll lose your Medicare coverage.
2012 Medicare Part B Premium, Deductible Will Be Lower Than Expected
By law, the standard Part B premium is set to represent 25 percent of expected costs in the program for the following year. So beneficiaries not protected by the COLA freeze bore the brunt of higher costs over the past two years. But in 2012, everyone will share those costs. That, together with lower-than-expected cost increases in the program — in part because of changes brought about by the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act — accounts for the relatively small increase in the standard premium, Medicare officials say.
Income Thresholds For Medicare Part B And Part D Premiums
While the surtax due to higher Medicare premiums that resulted from the Roth conversion was not huge, at only 1.6%, it nonetheless represents an entirely manageable – and potentially avoidable – surtax that planners and clients should carefully consider. For instance, the client might have decided to convert only $27,000 in the prior example – rather than $39,350 – to keep from exceeding the $87,000 AGI threshold that triggers the first Medicare premium increase, allowing the conversion to have a cost of “only” the 25% marginal tax bracket, and not 26.6%. On the other hand, if the client’s income was higher, the impact would have been more severe. For instance, if AGI was already $85,000, then a $5,000 conversion would result in $1,250 of taxes (at a 25% tax) plus the same $619.20 (for additional Medicare premiums), which leads to a marginal “tax” of $1,869.20 and a marginal tax rate of 37.4%; on the other hand, if the conversion was $10,000, the marginal rate would only be 31.2% (since the additional taxes would rise to $2,500 but the Medicare premium impact would still be the same $619.20/year). The end result: the closer clients are to an income threshold, the better it is to either stay right below the line, or rise far above it until the next threshold (or a new tax bracket) approaches, because the additional Part B and Part D premiums are a flat additional amount even if clients are just $1 across the line (unlike tax brackets, which are always a percentage of additional income). And because the premium adjustments are calculated based on AGI, anything that increases AGI can impact exposure, from IRA withdrawals and Roth conversions, to capital gains, to dividends and interest and income from pass-through entities; on the other hand, any deductions that are taken above the line, such as capital losses or certain business losses, can also reduce exposure.