The Federal Medicare Extra Help program also referred as the Medicare Low Income Subsidy (LIS) program, is for people with full Medicaid coverage as well as for people who are not on Medicaid but who have limited income. (See Medicare Extra Help / Low Income Subsidy (LIS)).
The post below describes 2021 Medicare Part D premium and Part B premium based on income.
Medicare Part B Premium based on Income – 2021
The standard Part B premium amount in 2021 is $148.50. Most people will pay the standard Part B premium amount. If your Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) as reported on your IRS tax return from 2 years ago (i.e., 2019) 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. Read more…
The post below describes 2021 Medicare changes for Premiums and Costs for Medicare Part A, Part B as well as for Part D.
Medicare Part A Cost 2021
Medicare Part B Premium and Cost 2021
Medicare Part D Cost 2021
Medicare Part D Premium 2021
US Government Sources
Medicare Part A Cost 2021
Changes for Medicare Part A Cost in 2021 include:
- Part A premium
- For individuals with 40 or more quarters of Medicare-covered employment: $0 per month ($0 in 2020)
- For individuals with 30-39 quarters of Medicare-covered employment: $259 per month ($252 in 2020)
- For individuals with less than 30 quarters of Medicare-covered employment: $471 per month ($458 in 2020) Read more…
Medicare Part D Plan is used either as a stand-alone plan (Original Medicare with or without Medicare Supplement also known as Medigap) or as a part of Medicare Advantage with Prescription Drugs (MAPD). There are multiple Medicare Part D Plans based on the Standard Benefit Plan. The Standard Benefit Plan is the prescription drug plan offering minimum allowable benefits. Read more…
A pre-existing condition is a health problem you have before the new insurance policy plan starts. What are Medicare Supplement plans pre-existing conditions? It depends on the time of enrollment in the Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plan. Consider three different scenarios: Medicare Supplement Open Enrollment Period, Guaranteed Issue Right, and Medical Underwriting. Read more…
SilverSneakers® is a comprehensive program for seniors to participate in physical activities. It is probably the best-known fitness program. SilverSneakers® membership includes access to every participating gym and fitness center in the network at more than 16,000 locations. Does Medicare cover Silver Sneakers? Read more…
Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) (also known as Medicare Open Enrollment Period) ended on Dec.7, but there are still plenty of opportunities for some individuals to make changes in their Medicare health plans. Two immediate options are Non-Renewal SEP (Special Enrollment Period) and Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (MA OEP). Read more…
From 2019, there is a new enrollment period – Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (MA OEP). It will replace the Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period (MADP) that began January 1st and continued through February 14th. There are actually Annual MA OEP and Individual MA OEP.
Annual Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (MA OEP)
Annual Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period will allow people enrolled in an MA or MAPD plan to make a one-time election to go to another Medicare Advantage plan, or to leave their Medicare Advantage plan, return to Original Medicare Part A and Part B and join a stand-alone Medicare Part D plan. It runs from January 1st through March 31st. Read more…
Can you have Medicare and Marketplace insurance at the same time?
Generally, once you have Medicare, it is illegal for you to enroll in Marketplace plan, known as a Qualified Health Plan (QHP). But see exceptions below.
If you already enrolled in Marketplace plan and ready for Medicare, you are entitled to keep your QHP. But this is rarely done. Typically you’ll cancel your Marketplace plan when your Medicare coverage begins. You need to notify QHP insurer at least 14 days before the start of your Medicare coverage. We’ll review below why only in rare cases you want to have Medicare and Marketplace insurance at the same time
UPDATED, Oct. 8, 2019. How to compare Medicare Supplement Plan G vs Plan F?
The latest published Gorman Health Group Report Market Trends: Medicare Supplement confirmed that Medigap Plan F is the most popular of all plans. In 2015, nearly 6.5 million people are enrolled in Plan F, and its market share is 55%. Although Medicare Supplement Plan G (Medigap Plan G) market share (7.58%) is much lower than Plan F, Plan G one of the fastest growing Medigap plans. The recent Plan G enrollment is much higher than Plan F. What made Plan G so appealing recently? Read more…