You need to know Medicare Part B premiums for 2019. The standard Part B premium amount for 2019 will increase by $1.50.
The premium will increase from $134 to $135.50. However, that isn’t much of an increase.
While there was an increase, many beneficiaries don’t pay the full amount, since Part B is based on premium.
Medicare Part B Premiums for 2019
Your Medicare Part B premium for 2019 will remain the same if:
- You enroll in Part B for the first time in 2019
- Have Medicare and Medicaid, and Medicaid pays your premiums (your state will pay the standard premium of $135.50
Automatically Pay the Part B Premium
If you receive benefits from Social Security, Railroad Retirement Board, or the Office of Personnel Management, then your bill is automatically deducted before benefits are deposited.
When you don’t receive these benefits, you’ll receive a bill for your Part B premium. This bill is called a “Medicare Premium Bill”.
You can also select to have the Part B premium deducted from an annuity.
For those with limited incomes or resources, you could qualify for extra help from your state in paying for Part B and/or Part A.
2019 IRMAA Part B Increases
Your modified adjusted gross income as reported on your IRS tax return from 2 years ago is above a certain amount.
You’ll pay the standard premium amount and an Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA). IRMAA is an extra charge being added to your premium.
The 2019 Part B premium amount is $135.50. However, those with a modified adjusted gross income above a certain amount will pay an Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA).
Since 2007, Part B premium surcharges for higher income beneficiaries has impacted individuals with an income of more than $85,000.
For couples with an income above $107,000 you’ll notice a Part B premium surcharge.
Hold Harmless Provision & the Social Security COLA Increase
You’re held harmless and your premium won’t increase to $135.50 if the cost of living amount (COLA) in 2019 isn’t enough to cover the premium increase.
The premium increase instead becomes the same as your Social Security benefit increase.
Hold Harmless won’t apply to you if:
- You’re new to Medicare
- Subjected to the IRMAA
- Enrolled in the Medicare Savings Program (MSP)
- The MSP in 2018 but lost benefits due to income increase
- Or you didn’t re-certify
For those subjected to the Part B late enrollment penalty, your penalty won’t be waived and it can increase. This penalty is calculated based on the current premium.
Even if you don’t pay the higher amount, you’ll still be responsible for the penalty.
What Does Part B Cover?
Medicare Part B will cover you when you need outpatient services. So, a specialist, doctor or other outpatient facility will fall under the scope of Part B.
Although, Part B does cover many common things.
- Lab Tests
- X-Rays, MRIs, EKGs, and CT Scans
- Ambulance services
- Diagnostic tests
- Durable Medical equipment
- as well as flu shots
Traditional Medicare Part B is needed to enroll in additional coverage. By having Part B you’ll protect yourself from the high costs of medical attention.
If you need guidance, one of our licensed insurance agents can point you in the right direction.
How Do I Pay My Medicare Part B Premium Bill?
Paying a Medicare Part B Premium bill in 2019 is simple. You can pay directly from a bank account by utilizing your online bill payment service.
If you aren’t comfortable with that you can pay by check, money order, credit as well as debit card.
You can do this by simply sending the payment and payment coupon to:
Medicare Premium Collection Center
PO Box 790355
St.Louis, MO 63179-0355
If the credit or debit card you use only has month and year, leave the day field blank on the payment coupon.
You must submit payments with the coupon filled out on the bottom. When the bottom portion is incomplete, payment may not be processed.
Be sure to sign the payment coupon before submitting it to the address above.
What If Your Medicare Premium is Late?
Medicare will send you a Second Bill to remind you to pay the premium. Although, if you avoid paying the premium by the due date of the Second Bill, a Delinquent Bill will be sent out.
However, if you avoid paying the Delinquent Bill, you’ll lose Medicare coverage.
Paying your Medicare premiums should be highly important to you, this is your healthcare coverage.
Part B Deductible Costs
The Part B deductible will cost $185 in 2019. However, you only pay this once a year.
Once the deductible is met, you pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount on covered services. You can enroll in a Medicare Supplement that covers your Part B deductible for 2019.
This will help eliminate out of pocket costs associated with Medicare. If you have questions as well as concerns, talking to a licensed insurance broker will benefit you.
Our brokers can educate you on Medicare, find the best plan for your needs, and walk you through enrollment. It’s as simple as that.
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