But Koko Mackin, the company’s vice president of corporate communications, has repudiated the message. "It contains incorrect information received by an employee who redistributed it to six others," he told reporters. "We have a longstanding policy against distributing chain emails like this, and actions have been taken to reinforce this policy. We apologize for any confusion or concern this email may have caused."
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.
Medicare premium increases, Part B premiums in 2014
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.
2012 Medicare Part B Premiums
The Social Security Administration will add your adjusted gross income together with your tax-exempt interest income to get an amount called the modified adjusted gross income (MAGI).This number is used to determine your Medicare Part B premium.
Medicare Part B Premiums to Rise in 2013
Most people will pay $104.90 per month for Medicare Part B premiums, which is a $5 monthly increase from 2012’s premiums. But high earners will pay more, as they have since 2007. You’ll pay a high-income surcharge if your 2011 adjusted gross income (plus tax-exempt interest income) was more than $170,000 (for married people filing jointly) or more than $85,000 (for single filers). In that case, your total monthly premiums will range from $146.90 to $335.70, depending on your income.
Medicare Part B Monthly Premium 2015
You may have to pay more, if you did not enroll in Part B when you first were eligible (a late enrollment penalty will be added each month to your premium), or if your income is above a certain amount. If you filed an individual tax return last year and reported income over $85,000 ($170,000 for a joint return), you will have to pay a higher premium. If your reported taxable income (the most recent tax return information provided to Social Security by the IRS) was more than $214,000 for single filers, or $428,000 for joint tax payers, you are required to pay the maximum Part B premium of $335.70 per person. If you have to pay a higher Part B premium because of your income, you should be notified by Social Security.