Starting Oct. 15th you can enroll in a new part D prescription plan for Jan. 2023. Please follow the instructions and/ or watch the video instructions on my website page 'What did Mike say?" to lookup your meds and find a new plan :)
Here's a great article from myvision.org:
Aging & Eyesight: What to Expect and Way to Improve| MyVision.org
Every January the government determines the amount your part B premium will be based on your income from 2 years ago. If you are considered a 'high-earner' there is an adjustment (increase) applied to your premium for the upcoming calendar year. There is also an adjustment added to your prescription plan premiums based on the same income gird ('high-earners' only).
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Here's an interesting article about part B premiums possibly changing / decreasing at some point in 2022:
In an unprecedented move, HHS asks officials to consider lowering this year's Medicare premiums (yahoo.com)
Each year the Medicare Part B premium, deductible, and coinsurance rates are determined according to the Social Security Act. The standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B enrollees will be $170.10 for 2022, an increase of $21.60 from $148.50 in 2021. The annual deductible for all Medicare Part B beneficiaries is $233 in 2022, an increase of $30 from the annual deductible of $203 in 2021.
Here is a good website to learn more about the Covid-19 vaccines, and find the closest vaccination site to your home: COVID-19 Vaccine (pa.gov)
The 2021 Medicare part B premium is increasing slighlty to $148.50/mth. Also the annual deductible for dr visits is increasing to $203/ year.
The standard Part B premium amount in 2020 will be $144.60. Most people will pay the standard Part B premium amount. If you modified adjusted gross income as reported on your IRS tax return from 2 years ago is above a certain amount, you'll pay the standard premium amount and an Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA). IRMAA is an extra charge added to your premium
Part B deductible & coinsurance
You pay $185 per year in 2019 ($198 in 2020) for your Part B Deductible. After your deductible is met, you typically pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for these:
The 2020 Medicare Part B Premium Is Expected to Rise
The standard Part B premium is $135.50 per month in 2019.
The 2019 Social Security and Medicare Trustees’ Report projects the standard premium for
Medicare Part B will increase to $144.30 per month in 2020.
If the 2020 projection is accurate, it would represent an increase of 6.5 percent.
When you enroll in Medicare, a letter generates to inform you that your application is being processed. That letter contains a number that some people misinterpret as their Medicare number. See the answer to the question "Is a BNC number the new Medicare number?" below:
No, although both have the same purpose: to reduce the visibility of your Social Security number on government documents.
The new Medicare number is a new number that doesn't include your Social Security number. New cards with the new numbers are being mailed out now.
The BNC (Beneficiary Notice Code) is unique to every document. Here's the government's explanation of the BNC:
In concert with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ efforts to remove the SSN from Medicare cards, in FY 2018 we plan to replace SSNs with BNCs on benefit verification notices, which account for approximately 11 million mailed documents. We will also replace SSNs with BNCs on approximately 28 million Social Security post-entitlement notices, and on certain mailed documents sent to appointed representatives, which account for an additional 2.6 million mailed documents.