Medicare Part B premiums and deductions for outpatient care will increase in 2020.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced the new rates of Friday Friday. For about 70% of Medicare beneficiaries, the premiums increase by nearly 7% to $ 144.60 per month, up from $ 135.50 in 2019.
The monthly increase of $ 9.10 continues to rise less in $ 1.50 this year. Higher income pensioners pay higher premiums and these rates are also rising.
The annual deductible envelope for Part B cover, which covers both GP and outpatient care, will increase by 7% to $ 198 in 2020, an increase of $ 13 from the annual $ 500 deductible in 2019.
The notification comes almost a month after the Social Security Administration achieved a modest living adjustment of 1.6% on benefits in 2020, which operates about $ 24 per month for the retired average worker.
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"People who are actually counting on Social Security (rising) will part of that increase with this Medicare," said Fred Riccardi, president of Medicare Rights Center, a group that proposes health care issues. "For people who live without much savings, there will be no increase in Medicare premiums or drug costs in their struggle."
In 2019, Social Security adjustment – including pensioners, people with disabilities and young survivors of deceased pensioners – received a living cost adjustment of 2.8%, or an additional $ 40.90 each month, most since 2012. Premiums B from the Social Welfare check of the beneficiary.
Medicare blamed the increase in premiums mainly on increased administration of drugs administered in doctors' offices. These medications are covered by Part B outpatient benefit and include many cancer drugs.
"These higher costs have a worse effect and lead to higher Part B deductible premiums and bonds," said Medicare and Medicaid Services Centers. i statement. Pharmaceutical drugs are covered by another part of Medicare, a Part D. prescription program.
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An increase of $ 44 on the Part A deductible hospital, to $ 1,408 in 2020, will rise from $ 1,364 in 2019, Medicare said Friday. It also covers in-patient care and skilled nursing care and some home healthcare services
In September, Medicare announced that Medicare Advantage premiums were declining to a 2018 monthly premium in the last thirteen years for more than 24 million people with Medicare who are considered to register in a Medicare Advantage plan. for 2020.
Premium notification is one of increasing uncertainty in relation to pending legislation to improve drug costs for older people. The White House and Speaker House Nancy Pelosi in ways this week on her bill asks Medicare to negotiate drug prices.
Rather, President Donald Trump gave his support to the Senate Bipartisan bill which would oblige drug manufacturers to pay rebates to Medicare if they increase prices over inflation.
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Medicare Part B premiums in 2020
Single taxable income Monthly taxable income Premium monthly
$ 87,000 or less $ 174,000 or less $ 144.50
$ 87,000 to $ 109,000 $ 174,000 to $ 218,000 $ 202.40
$ 107,000 to $ 133,500 $ 218,000 to $ 272,000 $ 289.20
$ 133,500 to $ 160,000 $ 272,000 to $ 326,000 $ 376.00
$ 160,000 to $ 500,000 $ 326,000 to $ 750,000 $ 462.70
$ 500,000 or over $ 750,000 and over $ 491.60
Data source: Medicare.gov