I have received several emails recently from people who are either about to go on Medicare or are already on Medicare who are concerned about whether the Medicare Part B deductible will go up dramatically in the future.
The answer to this is “no”.
In almost all cases, the right option for someone on Medicare is to stay with regular Medicare and combine that with a Plan G Medicare Supplement.
With a Plan G Medicare Supplement, the person on Medicare pays Medicare Part B’s once-a-year deductible of $183 and after paying that just once all of their costs are covered 100 percent for the rest of the calendar year.
From 2005 until 2018, Medicare’s Part B deductible increased from $110 to $183. (see chart below)
That’s not too bad for 13 years – an average of $5.66 per year.
According to the 2017 Medicare Trustee’s Report, this deductible will likely remain at $183 in 2019 and will gradually increase to $266 by 2026.That’s an average of $10.38 per year over the next 8 years.
So the concern that Medicare’s Part B deductible – the only out-of-pocket cost you have with a Plan G Medicare Supplement – may go way up is not based on either history or expert projections.
In addition to the Medicare Part B deductible, the Medicare Trustees’ report also projects future Medicare Part B premiums. This premium is currently $134.00 for most people.
In 2005, the Medicare Part B premium was $78.20.
In 2026, the Medicare Part B premium is projected to be $190.20.
During a 21 year span, this is an average increase of $5.33 per year.
While it would be ideal if Medicare costs remained the same throughout our retirement years, it is wonderful to have an outstanding health care system that is solvent and is projected have only modest increases in the future.
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