Medicare Part B Monthly Premium 2017

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Actually, these numbers are valid for most persons on Medicare. You will have to pay a higher premium if you filed an individual tax return last year and reported income over $85,000 or $170,000 for a joint return. Depending on the amount of your taxable income, you may have to pay between $187.50 up to the maximum Part B premium of $428.60 per person. Fortunately, income-related adjustments affect less than 5 percent of Medicare beneficiaries. If you have to pay a higher Part B premium because of your income, you should be notified by Social Security.

Medicare Part B premium rise erodes Social Security increase

Everyone on Social Security must take Medicare Part A, which covers hospital visits. Part B, which pays doctor bills, is voluntary but 99 percent of people take it. Part B also has co-pays and deductibles that come out of pocket. However, individuals can go into the private market to buy Medicare gap coverage, which pays the deductibles and co-pays.

Understanding Medicare Part A, Part B, Part C and Part D

But as complicated as all that sounds, there’s a single key choice at the core of all your decision-making: Will you go with the Original Medicare plan, which is run by the federal government and consists of Parts A and B, or a Medicare Advantage plan (also called Part C) that is offered by a private insurer and approved by Medicare? Medicare Part A — Your Hospital Coverage When you apply to Medicare, you are automatically enrolled in the Part A plan. Part A is your hospital insurance plan. It covers nursing care and hospital stays, although not doctors’ fees. Part A also covers some home health services, skilled nursing care after a hospital stay and hospice care. You likely won’t have to pay a monthly premium for Medicare Part A, thanks in part to all the payroll taxes you paid while you were employed. You must, however, pay a yearly deductible before Medicare will cover any hospitalization costs. For 2011, the Part A deductible is $1,132.

What’s in Store for Medicare’s Part B Premiums and Deductible in 2016, and Why?

The absence of a COLA affects the amount of the Medicare Part B premium charged to enrollees because it triggers the broader application of a provision in the Social Security law known as the hold-harmless provision. In a year where the Social Security COLA is insufficient to cover the amount of the Medicare Part B premium increase for an individual, the law prohibits an increase in the Part B premium that would result in a reduction in that individual’s monthly Social Security benefits from one year to the next. (For an example of how the hold-harmless provision works in a typical year with a Social Security COLA, see Appendix B.) The hold-harmless provision affects a different number of beneficiaries each year, depending on the level of their Social Security benefits, the size of the COLA, and the increase in the Medicare Part B premium. In years with no COLA, a majority of beneficiaries are protected by the hold-harmless provision.

Medicare Information and Plan Comparisons

While health care was not central to the 2016 Presidential campaign, the election’s outcome will be a major determining factor in the country’s future health care policy. A number of issues have garnered media attention, including the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), rising prescription drug costs, and the opioid epidemic.

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