2017 Medicare Premiums

The information below is for Original Medicare Parts A, B and D.

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Go here for information on the Part B penalty.
Go here for information on the Part D penalty.
Go here for information on the Part B & D Adjustments for Higher Income Beneficiaries.

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What is Covered and What You Pay

Part A

Part A Monthly Premium

Most people pay $0 each month for Part A, because they worked and contributed to Medicare/SSA 40+ quarters. If you have between 30 and 39 quarters, you may buy into Part A for $227 per month in 2017. Otherwise the premium for Part A is $413 per month in 2017 for those with less than 30 quarters.

Hospital Stay $1,316 deductible and $0.00 coinsurance for days 1-60 of each benefit period*.
$329 Coinsurance per day for days 61-90 each benefit period.
$658 Coinsurance per day for Lifetime Reserve days. (Lifetime Reserve Days are 60 extra days of coverage you can use in your lifetime). You pay all costs for each day over 90 days once Lifetime Reserve days are exhausted.
Skilled Nursing Facility $0 copay for the first 20 days each benefit period*.
$164.50 per day copay for days 21-100 each benefit period.
You pay all costs for each day after day 100 in benefit period.
Hospice Care $5 co-pay for out-patient prescription drugs.5% of Medicare approved inpatient respite care.

*A benefit period begins the first day you’re admitted into a hospital or covered SNF stay and ends when you’ve been home for 60 days with re-admittance into either type of facility.

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Part B

Part B Monthly Premium for 2017

Monthly Base Premium*
(approximate amounts;
exact amount  will be
determined by SSA)
$134 for those new to Medicare in 2017 or paying by direct billing
$127 if you were paying $121.80 in 2016
$109 if you were paying $104.90 in 2016
 Annual Deductible  $183.00

*additional premium surcharge for those with higher incomes. See below.

What Part B Covers and What You Pay

 Medicare Approved Services  20% coinsurance for most doctor services, outpatient therapy, preventive services, and durable medical equipment.
 Home Health  $0 copay for Medicare approved services.
 Clinical Laboratory Services  $0 copay for Medicare approved services.
 Mental Health  20% – 35% coinsurance for Medicare approved services.
 Blood (inpatient)  You pay all costs for first three pints of blood.
 Blood (outpatient)  You pay all costs for first three pints of blood, then 20% of Medicare approved amount for additional pints of blood.

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Part B Late Enrollment Penalty

If you don’t enroll in Medicare Part B when you’re first eligible during what is known as your Initial Enrollment Period (IEP), you may face delays getting coverage as well as a late enrollment penalty. The only time you can safely defer enrollment past your IEP is if you or your legal spouse are working for what is considered a large employer and you have group health coverage through that same employer.  In this case you have what’s called a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) to apply for Part B without penalty.

Your SEP is 8 months from the end of your active employment or the end of the group coverage, whichever comes first. Note that retiree coverage and COBRA don’t count as active employer coverage and will not allow you a SEP. They are typically not considered primary coverage either and are secondary to Medicare whether or not you’ve actually enrolled in Medicare. That means that if you stop active employment and you’re eligible for Medicare but haven’t signed up, you will be without primary coverage even if you have a retiree plan or COBRA. These plans can recoup payments made in error.

Should you miss your IEP and not have a SEP then your only opportunity to enroll in Part B is during the General Enrollment Period (GEP). This is only during the first quarter of each year, Jan. 1 – March 31 and your coverage won’t start until July 1 of that year. Most people who enroll during the GEP will have a permanent late enrollment penalty added to their monthly Part B premium. The penalty is equal to 10% of the current year’s base Part B premium for each 12 month period that you were eligible for Medicare but not enrolled and did not have active employer group coverage.

It can be complicated so see HICAP Counseling for assistance.

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How much is the Part D penalty? What is creditable coverage?

Medicare calculates the Part D penalty by multiplying 1% of the “national base beneficiary premium” (which is $35.63 in 2017) times the number of full, uncovered months you didn’t have Part D or creditable coverage (another drug plan that has at least the benefits offered by Part D). The national base beneficiary premium may increase each year, so the amount of your penalty may also increase each year. The Part D penalty is permanent unless you qualify for Extra Help. The penalty is added to your monthly base premium for your prescription drug or Medicare Advantage plan.

Avoid the Part D penalty by making sure you have a Stand-Alone Part D drug plan, or a Medicare Advantage plan with prescription drug coverage, or another plan, such as an employee medical plan or an employee retirement plan that includes creditable prescription drug coverage, in force from the month when you reach age 65.

  • All 2017 Medicare Advantage plans in Contra Costa County have creditable prescription drug coverage.
  • All 2017 Stand-Alone Prescription Drug Plans in Contra Costa County provide creditable coverage.
  • Veteran’s Administration prescription drug coverage is creditable.
  • Employer, Union, Retiree and COBRA plans may or may not have creditable coverage for prescription drugs.
  • Drug store prescription discount cards are not creditable coverage.

You can meet with a HICAP counselor to review your current prescription drug coverage and help you determine if it is creditable coverage and what steps you can take.

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2017 Parts B and D Income Adjustments for Higher Income Beneficiaries

If your yearly modified adjusted gross income from your 2015 tax return is: Part B Monthly Adjustment Total Part B Monthly Premium Part D Monthly Premium Adjustment *
File Individual Tax Return: File Joint Tax Return:
$85,000 or less $170,000 or less $.0.00 $109/$127/$134 $0.00
$85,001 to $107,000 $170,001 to $214,000 $53.50 $187.50 $13.30
$107,001 to $160,000 $214,001 to $320,000 $133.90 $267.90 $34.20
$160,001 to $214,000 $320,001 to $428,000 $214.30 $348.30 $55.70
Above $214,000 Above $428,000 $294.60 $428.60 $76.20
Married filing separately with modified adjusted gross income: Part B Monthly Adjustment Total Monthly Part B premium Part D Monthly Adjustment
$85,000 or less $0 $109/$127/$134 <$0.00
$85,001 to $129,000 $214.30 $348.30 $55.70
Above $129,000 $294.60 $428.60 $76.20

* Plus your Plan’s premium and any late enrollment fee (Part D penalty).

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What Part A Covers
What Part B Covers
Part B Late Enrollment Penalty
Part D Late Enrollment Penalty
Part B and D Income Adjustments

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