Slight increase in Medicare’s outpatient ‘Part B’ premium
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 recently announced 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. “Part A” covers hospitalization.
The annual outpatient deductible will increase by only $2, to $185 next year. The inpatient deductible will increase by $24, to $1,364 in 2019.