Medicare Premiums Expected to Rise for Some, Stay Unchanged for Most

Most Medicare enrollees can expect to pay the same amount for their Medicare Part B coverage (the portion of Medicare that pays for doctors’ services and outpatient care) as they did the previous year.

Government officials currently estimate there will be no cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits next year because inflation has been so low. For about 30 percent of Medicare enrollees, premiums are expected to rise steeply. About 14 percent of enrollees will pay these premiums themselves. The rest will not be directly affected because they are enrolled in Medicaid or a Medicare Savings Program and their premiums are paid by their state.

Which Groups Will See Increases?

  • People who newly enroll in Part B
  • Medicare enrollees who do not receive a Social Security check — for example, enrollees who delay claiming Social Security benefits because they continue to work (about 3 percent of Medicare enrollees); and
  • Higher-income enrollees (people with income above $85,000 or couples with income above $170,000) who pay higher premiums (about 6 percent of Medicare enrollees)

If you have any questions regarding your Medicare premium and any changes that may be made to your account; do not hesitate to contact the Baton Rouge Medicaid attorneys at  Losavio & DeJean, LLC. We are here to guide you through any hardships you may encounter. Call us today