Medicare Premiums and Deductibles for 2019

Steven Mott by Steven Mott | Licensed since 2012

This article was updated on: 06/20/2019

Medicare deductibles often change from one year to the next. The same is true for other Medicare out-of-pocket costs:

  • Monthly premiums
  • Coinsurance and copayments for covered prescription drugs
  • Late enrollment penalties (if any apply to you)

Here’s a rundown on some of Medicare’s common out-of-pocket costs in 2019.

Medicare deductibles in 2019

Here’s some information on Medicare deductibles in 2019.

  • Medicare Part A (hospital insurance): $1,364 for each benefit period. A benefit period starts when you’re admitted as an inpatient to a hospital or skilled nursing facility. It ends when you haven’t had care in either of those facilities for 60 days in a row.
    Medicare Part B (medical insurance): $185 per year
  • Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage): The annual deductible amount may vary from one plan to another. Medicare Advantage plans are available from private, Medicare-approved insurance companies.
  • Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage): The annual deductible amount may vary from one plan to another, but it can’t be higher than $415 per year in 2019. Medicare prescription drug plans are available from private, Medicare-approved insurance companies.

Medicare premiums in 2019

Here’s some information on Medicare monthly premiums in 2019.

Medicare Part A: You might or might not have to pay a premium, depending on your work and tax history.

  • If you worked at least 10 years (40 quarters) while paying Medicare taxes, you typically don’t pay a monthly Part A premium.
  • If you worked 30-39 quarters while paying Medicare taxes, you’ll pay $240 per month.
  • If you worked fewer than 30 quarters while paying Medicare taxes, you’ll pay $437 per month.

Medicare Part B: Most people pay a monthly premium for Part B. The standard Part B premium in 2019 is $135.50. If your income is above a certain amount, you could pay more. If your income is below a certain amount, you might qualify for help with your Part B premium through a Medicare Savings Program.

Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage): Premiums will vary among plans. Some Medicare Advantage plans charge as little as $0 per month for the premium. However, besides paying any premium the plan may charge, you’ll still need to keep paying your Medicare Part B premium as well.

Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage): Premiums will vary among plans.

How much does Medicare cost in 2019?

Premiums and deductibles are just some of the costs you could pay under Medicare. You may also have coinsurance or copayments to pay for most covered services. Read about out-of-pocket costs under Medicare Part A and Part B.

Could a Medicare Supplement insurance plan pay some of your Medicare out-of-pocket costs?

Did you know that Medicare Supplement insurance can help pay your Medicare Part A and Part B out-of-pocket costs? There are up to 10 standardized Medicare Supplement insurance plans in most states. Each plan has a different set of basic benefits, but all of them may cover your inpatient hospital costs for up to a year after your Medicare benefits run out. Learn more about Medicare Supplement insurance.

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