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Know What Medicare Part B Covers And Costs

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Health is essential for everyone, but individuals can get illness and will require hospitalization or treatment by visiting a doctor. Upon reaching the age-of-sixty-five, almost every American has turned to Medicare for help paying for healthcare.

When individuals can no longer work or do a job at an old age, they manage to get retirement from the job. And to cover their possible healthcare issues, they rely on Medicare.

However, Medicare does not remain the same for long, and almost yearly things or conditions alter. These alterations can affect those who have or were going to rely on the program for their financial security. 

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Medicare Parts

Traditional Medicare has two parts, Part A and Part B. Furthermore, Part A covers the cost of hospitalization or other treatment facilities for in-patients. The Part A Medicare Plan also covers the expenses of daily doctor visits as well as outpatient surgery. 

On the other hand, Part B covers the cost of all other healthcare expenditures, including the cost of needs ranging from medical equipment, ambulance transportation to diagnostic testing. Similarly, Part B of Medicare covers the expenses of treatment for mental health issues

More on Part B 

Medicare Part B deals with the expenses of a couple of various types of care. The cost of tests to detect and diagnose disease conditions and expense-on treatment of pathological conditions, either physical or mental, are all under Medicare Part B

Not only that, but Medicare Part B also covers preventive care services, including annual check-ups after you turn 65 to make sure that you are still healthy. However, Part B does not cover medical treatments that include dental care, an eye exam for glasses or contact lenses, hearing aids, and some less universally accepted treatment options. The cost of all these medical requirements is up to you to cover, despite your age.

What Is New About Medicare Part B In 2021?

Individuals have to pay monthly premiums to get Part B. In 2021, individuals will have to pay a higher monthly premium cost than the cost the previous year. The majority of Americans will pay $148.50, which is up to $3.90 per month from 2020. The increase in monthly premium costs may have been higher if Congress hasn’t passed to limit the rise in monthly premiums. 

The cost of a monthly premium varies depending upon your income two years back, and that is, your income in 2019 determines how much you will be paying for your monthly premium in 2021. 

Medicare Part B participants will have to pay for two other things as well. First, a deductible of $203 applies in 2021, which is $5 higher than it was in 2020. You have to pay this amount before Part B starts to cover its share. Second, you have to pay for 20% of your healthcare items as Medicare covers only 80% of the cost.

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How Much Monthly Premium For Part B Will Cost You?

Individuals with an income varying from $88000 to $111000, or joint filters with income varying from $176000 to 222000, will have to pay $207.90 (increased by $5.50). Similarly, individuals with an income from $111000 to $138000 will pay $ 297( increased by $7.80). 

Individuals with income varying from 138000 to 165000 will be paying $386.10 (value after increasing $10.10) for a monthly premium of Part B. Furthermore, people with income varying from $165000 to $500000 will be paying $475.20(increased $12.50) for a monthly premium of Part B in 2021. Those who have an income above $500000 will pay $504.90 (rise by $13.30) for Part B monthly premium.

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The author is a graduate of dental surgery from the Dow University Health Sciences, Karachi. She has an academic background in content writing as well as English literature, giving her an edge in the field. Adeena is always curious about physical and mental health. She is always passionate about research and delivering high-quality reliable content to users.

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