Every year, we bring you the latest patient share of Medicare cost for the coming year. For Medicare 2019, the numbers have only changed slightly. Here's a quick review. And, you can click here to download our 2019 Medicare Fact Sheet for all the details and key Medicare facts.
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What will Medicare cost patients in 2019?
As of October 12, 2018, the CMS released the following Medicare 2019 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts.
Medicare Part B
Medicare Part B covers physician services, outpatient hospital services, certain home health services, durable medical equipment and more.
The standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B enrollees will be $135.50 for 2019, an increase of $1.50 from $134 in 2018.
A number of Medicare beneficiaries have a lower Medicare B premium due to the "hold harmless" provision. This limits the increase to the social security annual adjustment.
Roughly 5 percent of people with Medicare Part B pay more due to higher income. If your income is above $85,000 (filing individually) or $170,000 (filing jointly), your premium will more expensive according to your bracket. See the complete chart here.
The annual deductible for Medicare Part B is $185 in 2019, an increase of $2 from the annual deductible of $183 in 2018.
Medicare Part A
Medicare Part A covers inpatient hospital care, qualified skilled nursing facility stays, and some home health care. Most Medicare beneficiaries do not have a Part A premium because they have at least 40 quarters of Medicare-covered employment.
Hospital Stay Medicare Cost for 2019
The Medicare deductible that patients will pay when admitted to the hospital will be $1,364 in 2019, an increase of $24 from $1,340 in 2018. This covers beneficiaries’ share of costs for the first 60 days of Medicare-covered inpatient hospital care in a benefit period.
Patients pay a coinsurance amount of $341 per day for the 61st through 90th day of a hospitalization (up from $335 in 2018) in a benefit period. And, they will pay $682 per day for lifetime reserve days (up from $670).
Skilled Nursing Facility Copay
When medically necessary after a qualifying 3-day hospital stay, days 1-20 are 100% covered in a skilled nursing facility.
For continued care that may be necessary, the daily coinsurance for days 21 through 100 will be $170.50 in 2019 (up from $167.50).
*Medicare Supplemental policies may help patients with many of these copays and deductibles.
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