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Medicare Premiums 2018 | Medicare Costs in 2018

Medicare 2018 Open Enrollment Period (OEP) for Medicare runs from Oct. 15, 2017 to Dec. 7, 2017 for plans starting Jan. 1, 2018; you might wonder what the Medicare premiums, cost, and rates will be for 2018.

Health insurance companies that sell Medicare Advantage plans are getting a better payday in 2018. It appears that the Medicare “fee for service” baseline rate, which is the Medicare spending… will increase by 3.1% in 2018.

More than 17.7 million people, or a third of all Medicare beneficiaries, have a Medicare Advantage plan. UnitedHealth Group, Humana, Kaiser Permanente and Aetna have the most members.

Some rates have not been determined yet. But here are some known facts on 2017 Medicare Supplement Insurance rates:

This is a comparison of average 2018 annual premiums for Medicare Plan F, the most popular supplement level:

Under 65: $4,005
Age 65: $1,869
Age 70: $2,269
Age 75: $2,937

Please note: These are just examples from one single insurer in one area and are not meant as actual yearly premiums for any individuals.

How CMS Medicare Works With Supplement Insurance in 2018

Original Medicare 2017 benefits offers beneficiaries a broad coverage. However, many services or products may be paid at 80%, but the beneficiary may still have to pay an additional 20%. There are also deductibles and other co-pays. A supplement is meant to pay some of these costs that Part A and B don’t pay.

The exact coverage depends upon the plan level, which are named in most states with letters from A through N. This is a very basic overview:

  • Plan F and C offer the broadest coverage. Plan C doesn’t include coverage for excess charges, but Plan F does.
  • Plans A and B are usually considered basic options.
  • Plan L through N are cost-sharing options.
  • Plan D and Medicare supplement plan G are similar to C and D, but they don’t include coverage for the Part B deductible and may be somewhat less expensive.
  • There is also a high-deductible version of Plan F. This year (2016), the deductible was $2,180 but could be different in 2017.

All options include at least some coverage for Part A coinsurance and extra hospital days, Part B coinsurance, the first three pints of blood, and Part A hospice care coinsurance. Other benefits vary by plan level.

 

 

 

 

Medicare premiums 2018 | Medicare Costs 2018 | Medicare Rates 2018 | Advantage Plans Costs 2018

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