Medi­care ‘B’ pre­mi­ums to rise

Albuquerque Journal - - BUSINESS -

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.

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