January 1st of each year is a time that many make resolutions to make changes in their lives. But it’s also a time that Medicare makes changes for the upcoming year. In 2020 there are a couple of changes in Medicare that everyone should know. The first is the Part B premium. Those of you who started Medicare during or prior to 2019 may see a change in your Part B premium for 2020. Early indications are that your Part B premium may go up. For those who are starting Part B in 2020 the premium will be $144.40 per month. This amount could be higher for people making more than $85,000 per year. The Part A deductible is also changing in 2020. The Part A deductible in 2019 was $1,364 per benefit period. In 2019 the Part A deductible will be $1,408 per benefit period. Remember, the Part A deductible is not an annual deductible and can hit you more than once in a calendar year. The Part B deductible will be $198 in 2020. The Part B deductible is an annual deductible. The third change to be aware of is the amount you and your drug plan will have to pay before you reach the coverage gap or “donut hole”. In 2019 that amount was $3,820. The amount in 2020 is $4,020. This is a good thing for those affected because it means your plan can pay more before you reach the gap. If you are affected by any of these changes in 2020 and do not understand them just contact us at the number below and we will be glad to go over them with you. For those of you going on Medicare in 2020 you can call our office and sign up for one of our free Medicare Education classes. They are taught each month and will explain all the above for you.
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