Paying for Medicare in 2022

Medicare includes a number of different out-of-pocket expenses, including premiums, deductibles and copayments. Learn more about these Medicare out-of-pocket costs.

Medicare provides coverage for a variety of health care services. But it includes a number of different out-of-pocket expenses from beneficiaries, including premiums, deductibles, copayments and more.

We’ll help you understand how to pay your Medicare expenses and provide you with some cost-saving tips.

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Paying for Part A and Part B premiums

The premium is the monthly amount you pay for your Medicare benefits.

One option you have for paying your Medicare Part A and Part B premiums is Medicare Easy Pay (MEP)

Medicare Easy Pay is the electronic payment option that allows Medicare beneficiaries to have their premium payments automatically deducted from a checking or savings account each month.

Paying for Part C and Part D premiums

Part C (known as Medicare Advantage) and Part D (prescription drug coverage) are sold by private insurance companies and there are hundreds of plans available.

Each Part C and Part D plan will come with its own costs, coverages, terms and ways in which they can be paid for.

To determine how you can pay for a Part C or Part D plan, you’ll need to talk with a licensed insurance agent.

You can also compare Part D plans available where you live and enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan online in as little as 10 minutes when you visit

Deductibles, copayments and coinsurance 

Of course, the monthly premium won’t be your only Medicare expense. You may need to pay out of pocket toward deductibles. Also, you’ll likely incur some copayment or coinsurance expenses along the way.

The same applies to Medicare Advantage. Where out-of-pocket costs for Original Medicare are standardized, Medicare Advantage costs can vary by plan.

You may be able to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan with lower out-of-pocket costs, depending on what plans are available in your area.

Some Medicare Advantage plans may even offer $0 monthly premiums.

Ways to save

If you think you may have trouble paying for Medicare expenses, there are a few options available.

A Medicare Savings Program is designed to help people with lower incomes save money on Medicare expenses. There are four types of Medicare Savings Programs that can help pay for Part A and Part B premiums, deductibles, copayments and coinsurance.

There is also the Extra Help program (also known as the Low Income Subsidy, or LIS). This program helps patients pay for their Medicare Part D prescription drug plan and assists with premiums, deductibles, coinsurance and copayments.

Those enrolled in the Extra Help program are also exempt from coverage gap, or “donut hole” found in Part D plans.

In addition to the available discount programs, there are a number of things you can do to save money on your Medicare expenses.

  1. Sign up when you first become eligible
    There are several enrollment periods for Medicare. If you don’t enroll when you are first eligible, you may end up paying more for coverage.

  2. HMO or PPO?
    Medicare Part C plans come in the form of both PPO and HMO plans (among other options). This means that going out of your plan’s network for care can cost you extra. Familiarize yourself with your plan’s network and map out where you can go for each type of service.

Get in touch with a licensed insurance agent today to discuss your options and find a Medicare Advantage plan in your area.


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About the author

Christian Worstell is a licensed insurance agent and a Senior Staff Writer for He is passionate about helping people navigate the complexities of Medicare and understand their coverage options.

His work has been featured in outlets such as Vox, MSN, and The Washington Post, and he is a frequent contributor to health care and finance blogs.

Christian is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He currently lives in Raleigh, NC.

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