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2011 Medicare Cost Sharing Details 

Standard Part B Premium: In addition to the two "hold harmless" Part B premium amounts, there will be a standard Part B premium amount of $115.40 for 2011. Individuals who are new to Medicare in 2011 or who did not have Medicare premiums withheld from their Social Security or their Railroad Retirement checks in 2010 will pay $115.40. Individuals who currently have their Part B premiums paid for by the Qualified Individual (QI) program[3] are in jeopardy of having to pay the $115.40 Part B premium in 2011 if Congress does not extend the QI program beyond the end of the year. That is because their Part B premiums were not withheld from their Social Security checks during the requisite time periods to be eligible for the hold harmless protection. Their premiums were paid for by their state under the QI program. People who lose eligibility for one of the other Medicare Savings Programs, Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) and Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB), will also have to pay the $115.40 Part B premium.
Source: medicareadvocacy.org

Medicare Premiums for 2011 Frozen or Hiked for Beneficiaries, Boomers

There will be three "standard" Part B premium levels next year, a situation brought about by the freezing of Social Security cost-of-living adjustments in 2010 and 2011. Under existing law, when COLAs do not rise, standard Part B premiums must be frozen too — but only for people whose premiums are deducted from their Social Security checks. This means that in 2011 many people will pay the same premiums as they did in 2009 or 2010, but others will pay the new higher standard amount for 2011.
Source: aarp.org

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