A deductible is the amount of money that you pay out-of-pocket before your health insurance or Medicare begins to cover your medical bills. The Medicare Part B deductible for 2022 is $233.
How Does the Medicare Part B Deductible Work?
Medicare Part B covers some services that are provided by doctors, such as office visits and surgeries. But it also covers many other things people need to stay healthy and independent — like hearing aids, glasses, and dentures — but aren’t typically covered by private insurance plans. The Medicare Part B deductible is $233 per year for most people who receive Social Security benefits and have Original Medicare coverage. However, people who receive Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits do not have to pay a Part B deductible each year because they don’t pay any premiums for Medicare coverage through Social Security.
What Are Other Medicare Part B Costs?
Medicare Part B costs are not limited to the monthly premium. The deductible, the amount you pay before Medicare coverage begins, is important in determining your total out-of-pocket healthcare costs. Additional costs include co-insurance and excess charges. The premium for 2022 is $170.10. This amount is adjusted for high earners.
Medicare Part A Costs
Medicare Part A is hospital insurance that covers inpatient services, such as stays in a skilled nursing facility or hospice and some post-hospital outpatient services. The premium for Medicare Part A is deducted from your Social Security benefits. If you do not have enough income to pay the premium, it will be deducted from any assets you have before your Social Security benefits are reduced.
Private Plans That Help Pay the Medicare Part B Deductible for 2022
Gaps you may wish to have coverage for include out-of-pocket costs, out-of-pocket maximum protection, and benefits not covered by original Medicare.
In addition to helping you pay for Medicare Part B deductibles and other costs, you can also purchase private Medicare insurance plans. A Medicare supplement plan, a Medicare Advantage plan, and a standalone prescription drug plan make up the three types of private Medicare plans.
Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans
Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans, also known as “Medigap,” are privately funded health insurance plans that cover some out-of-pocket costs for Medicare. They can help save you money if you have to pay for your care in full, with no help from Medicare.
Medicare Advantage Plans
Medicare Advantage Plans are managed care plans offered by private insurance companies approved by Medicare to provide medical and other benefits to people who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid. These plans may offer lower premiums than other types of Medicare coverage, such as fee-for-service or stand-alone prescription drug plans.
Standalone Prescription Drug Plans
Standalone Prescription Drug Plans are prescription drug plans offered by private insurance companies that offer a fixed level of coverage each year. These plans only cover the cost of prescription drugs, not any other medical expenses.
The Final Decision
Review all coverage options that may be available to you. While reviewing questions, you should consider including the premium and deductible amounts. Changes to your coverage can be made during the annual “change window” from October 15th through December 7th.