Medicare ‘B’ premiums to rise
WASHINGTON — Medicare says its “Part B” premium for outpatient care will rise by just $1.50 a month next year. That means retirees should be able to keep more of their recentlyannounced Social Security cost-of-living increase.
Medicare officials said Friday the standard premium will be $135.50 a month for 2019. “Part B” of Medicare covers doctor visits and outpatient care, while “Part A” covers hospitalization.
The annual outpatient deductible will increase by $2, to $185 next year. That’s the amount beneficiaries are responsible for before Medicare starts paying.