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Medicare Part B

4 things to know about Medicare Part B:

  1. It is the second and optional part of Original Medicare.
  2. It is medical insurance that provides coverage for medically necessary services and preventative services.
  3. You have to pay a monthly premium for it. The standard monthly premium is $134 in 2017. 
  4. Coverage for medical services and supplies comes with deductibles, co-payments, and co-insurance.

Medicare Part B, the second part of Original Medicare, provides medical insurance coverage. It covers many different services such as doctor visits and outpatient medical care.

Part B is optional. If you are automatically enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B, you can opt out of Medicare Part B. When you receive your Medicare card in the mail, just follow the instructions that come attached and send the card back. If you do not follow these instructions, you will be enrolled in Part B and must pay the Part B premiums.


Part B is considered medical insurance. Part B covers a wide variety of medical services, including the following:

  • Initial physical exam 
  • Yearly wellness exam 
  • Doctor services 
  • Nursing care 
  • Ambulance services 
  • Chemotherapy 
  • Diagnostic tests and screenings 
  • Certain pap smear and mammography screenings 
  • Pneumonia and flu vaccinations 
  • Durable medical equipment


Your Part B costs will come in the forms of premiums, deductibles, co-payments, and co-insurance.

Part B premiums

Part B comes with a monthly premium. Many people pay the standard premium amount of $134 per month in 2017. 

You may pay higher or lower premiums than the standard premium based on how you pay your premium or your yearly income.

Part B deductibles, co-payments and co-insurance

Part B also comes with a $183 annual deductible in 2017. Part B will not cover anything until you pay that amount each year that you use the coverage. 

In addition to the annual deductible, you must pay for a portion of the services covered by Part B. Usually, you must pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for a service. Part B covers the other 80%. 

So if your doctor charges Medicare $100 for a service covered by Part B, you could have to pay $20. Part B will pay for the remaining $80.

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Last Updated: 09/12/2017 Pending Accepted