The 2022 Medicare cost at a glance just came out. This includes the new part B premium and the Part B deductible. In 2021 the premium for part B was $148.50; this price jumped to $170. This is the largest increase in health insurance history. Learn how this can affect you and what you can do about it.
Why did Medicare increase its premium?
In 2022 the standard monthly premiums for Medicare part B will be $170.10.
The deductible for 2022 also significantly increased as well, as it went from $203 to $233. You will be paying this deductible if you have a Medicare supplement plan and a plan G or a Plan N.
Medicare gave the following reasons for the price increase (AARP Medicare)
- Prices to deliver health care to Medicare enrollees are going up, and the use of the health care system has increased.
- Congress lowered the expected Part B premium increase last year because of the pandemic. In 2021, the Part B premium only increased by $3 a month. Congress directed CMS to pay back that reduced premium over time, and that payback will start in 2022.
How Medicare’s premium increase might affect you
Social securities COLA (cost adjustment living adjustment) has been increased by 5.9%. This is the largest social security increase we have seen in over 40 years. The cost of living adjustments exists to counteract the effects of inflation.
This should be a good thing. However, most people don’t realize that this increase comes with a price increase on the other end, and in this case, the Medicare costs increased.
We will give you an example to show how this can affect you.
Carl receives $ 1,500 a month from Social Security. A 5.9% increase is about a thirty-dollar increase every month that he is going to get. This increase is tied directly to what Medicare charges for the doctor portion of the benefit, an out-of-pocket expense they deduct from your Social Security. Medicare will go up by $21.60: from $148.50 to $170.10. Carl, making fifteen hundred dollars a month from social security, will only have a net increase of fewer than 8 dollars, which is less than half a percent. This affects his wallet. The cost of living adjustment for inflation turns out to be much lower.
What can you do about this increase?
Another medicare plan might fit your needs better, which can help you get back some of that money.
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