Medicare Announces Slight Rise in 2019 Premiums
Medicare premiums and deductibles for Parts A and B will increase slightly in 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Friday. Standard monthly premiums will cost $1.50 more: $135.50, up from $134 in 2018. Because premiums are based on income, beneficiaries with annual incomes greater than $85,000 will pay more ($189.60 for individuals with incomes between $85,000 and $107,000, for instance). Annual deductibles will rise $2 next year to $185, up from this year’s $183, according to CMS.