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Medicare Part A and B Cost: What Do You Pay and What Services are Included?
Signing up for Medicare may include learning more about associated costs. Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B cost may vary from one person to another when considering out-of-pocket costs and coinsurance. On average a Part B premium payment is about $144.60 per month. The deductible for Part B is $198.00. You may end up paying more if you do not sign up for coverage during the enrollment period or upon becoming eligible (late enrollment penalty). For qualifying beneficiaries you can get help paying Part A and Part B costs.
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Costs and Services for Part A
There is a monthly premium payment but if you qualify you don’t have to pay it. There is also a late enrollment penalty if you don’t sign up for coverage during the designated time frame. Although most people do not pay a premium for Medicare Part A, there is a deductible of $1408 per benefit period. Part A helps pay for services such as hospital stays and care received in special facilities such as skilled nursing or hospice. Home health services and certain supplies may be covered.
Costs and Services for Part B
For Part B a monthly premium is required in the amount of $144.60 and the deductible is $198.00 per year. You may automatically qualify for this plan or sign up if you are eligible. The amount you pay may be based on income earnings and whether you have a spouse. While there are differences in Medicare Part A and B cost of services, there are limitations on how much coverage is provided for services such as occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech and language services. Part B helps pay for some services related to preventative care, mental health, outpatient and clinical research.
Options to Pay Part A and Part B Premiums
Premium payments can be deducted from income such as Social Security or Railroad Retirement Board benefits (RRB). You will receive a notice if you do not receive such benefits. You can make this payment online or sign up for Medicare Easy Pay service. You can also pay by mail or use a debit card. Your plan will remain active as long as premium payments are made.
There are options to consider if you need help with Medicare Part A and B cost. There is government programs that can help you based on income or medical needs. If you have low income options such as Medicaid, Medicare Savings Programs, and Program if All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) can help cover copayments, deductibles and other costs. If you are enrolled in Part A and/or B coverage and receive Part D (drug coverage) you may qualify for help covering drug costs. Certain qualifications apply. There are assistance options for those who receive SSI (Supplemental Security Income) and assisted costs for children receiving Medicare including the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) option.