Medicare Rate Increase

Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) includes some out-of-pocket costs such as deductibles and monthly premiums. Your Medicare Part B premium rate can increase based on your income. The standard Part B premium is $135.50 in 2019.

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Medicare rates, deductibles and copays

Every year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid determine rates for Medicare Part B premiums. If your reported income two years prior is above a specific threshold, you will have to pay more than the standard premium.

Though most beneficiaries will not pay a monthly premium for Medicare Part A, some people may have to pay up to $437 per month in 2019. Both Medicare Part A and Part B have deductibles and coinsurance.

  • In 2019, the Medicare Part A deductible for inpatient hospital care is $1,364 per benefit period. Inpatient hospital stays that last longer than 60 days also require daily coinsurance payments.

  • The Medicare Part B deductible for 2019 is $185 per year. After your deductible is met, you typically have to pay a 20% coinsurance of the Medicare-approved amount for doctor’s office visits, outpatient therapy and medical equipment.

Managing costs on Medicare

Medicare Advantage plans may help some enrollees save money on health care costs. All Medicare Advantage plans offer the same basic benefits available through Original Medicare, and some MA plans offer additional benefits that can include:

  • Dental care coverage
  • Vision care coverage
  • Prescription drug cost coverage
  • Health and wellness programs

Hospice care is still provided by Medicare Part A.

Medicare Advantage plans are sold by private insurers, so monthly costs and rate increases will vary based on your plan.

To learn more and to select the right Medicare Advantage plan for you, connect with a licensed insurance agent today by calling TTY Users: 711.