Medicare Fee-for-Service Premiums and Deductibles Announced for 2019

Posted on October 17, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that the Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) Part A deductible for inpatient hospital services will increase by $24 to $1,364, effective Jan. 1. The Part A daily coinsurance amounts, also effective Jan. 1, will be:

  • $341 for days 61-90 of hospitalization in a benefit period, up from $335.
  • $682 for lifetime reserve days, up from $670.
  • $170.50 for days 21-100 of extended care services in a skilled nursing facility in a benefit period, up from $167.50.

The monthly Part A premium is paid by approximately one percent of beneficiaries who have fewer than 40 quarters of Medicare-covered employment and certain people with disabilities. The Part A premium will increase by $15 to $437 in 2019.

The standard monthly premium for individuals with Medicare Part B will be $135.50, an increase of $1.50 from 2018. An estimated 2 million Medicare beneficiaries, or roughly 3.5 percent, will pay less than the full Part B standard monthly premium in 2019 due to the statutory hold-harmless provision that limits certain beneficiaries’ increase in their Part B premium to be no greater than the increase in their Social Security benefits. Premiums and deductibles for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug plans are already finalized for 2019 and are unaffected by this announcement. Members with questions should contact Vickie Kunz at the MHA.



Tags: Medicare, CMS, FFS

Posted in: Member News

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