Slight in­crease in Medi­care’s out­pa­tient ‘Part B’ pre­mium

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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 that 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 only $2, to $185 next year. The in­pa­tient de­ductible will in­crease by $24, to $1,364 in 2019.

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