WASHINGTON (AP) - Medicare says the “Part B” premium most seniors pay for
outpatient care will stay the same in 2014, at $104.90 a month.
That’s good news for beneficiaries, following a $5-per-month increase this
The Part B deductible, the annual amount beneficiaries pay before Medicare
outpatient coverage starts, will also remain the same at $147, officials
announced Monday. But the hospital care deductible is going up by $32, to
Monthly premiums paid by upper-income beneficiaries, those above $85,000 a
year, or $170,000 for married couples, will also stay unchanged.
And a reminder: Medicare beneficiaries don’t have to worry about the rollout
problems with President Barack Obama’s coverage for the uninsured.
Medicare is not affected. Its own open enrollment for prescription coverage
and Medicare Advantage plans is going smoothly.