What is a Medicare Premium?
A premium is an amount that an insurance policyholder must pay for coverage. Premiums are typically paid on a monthly basis. In the federal Medicare programMedicare is a federal health insurance program for people ages 65 and older and people with certain disabilities., there are four different types of premiums.
For most people, the Medicare Part A premiumMost beneficiaries get Medicare Part A benefits (inpatient coverage) premium-free based on the number of years they paid Medicare taxes. However, beneficiaries that did not pay Medicare taxes for the required 10 years pay a... has no monthly costs. Premium-free Part AMedicare Part A is hospital coverage for Medicare beneficiaries. It covers inpatient care in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. It also covers limited home healthcare services and hospice care. coverage (hospital insurance) is paid in full through payroll taxes. Certain deductiblesA deductible is an amount a beneficiary must pay for their health care expenses before the health insurance policy begins to pay its share. and coinsuranceCoinsurance is a percentage of the total you are required to pay for a medical service. also apply.
Most people do pay a monthly Medicare Part B premiumThe Medicare Part B premium is the monthly charge paid by beneficiaries for their outpatient medical care, services, and supplies. A beneficiary's premium may be uplifted by an IRMAA surcharge if their income is above... for their health coverage. This premium changes every year and is based on a beneficiary’s annual income. See Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAAIncome Related Month Adjustment Amount (IRMAA) is a Medicare Part B and Medicare Part D premium surcharge that is levied on high-income earners. The surcharge amount is based on a beneficiary's adjusted gross income.). An annual deductible and coinsurance also apply.
Medicare Advantage planMedicare Advantage (MA), also known as Medicare Part C, are health plans from private insurance companies that are available to people eligible for Original Medicare (Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B). members may pay an additional monthly premium if their Part A and Part BMedicare Part B is medical coverage for people with Original Medicare benefits. It covers doctor visits, preventative care, tests, durable medical equipment, and supplies. Medicare Part B pays 80 percent of most medically necessary healthcare services. premiums do not cover the full cost of the plan. Some plans have an annual health plan deductible and all plans have copaymentsA copayment, also known as a copay, is a set dollar amount you are required to pay for a medical service. on health services.
Medicare prescription drug plansMedicare Part D plans are an option Medicare beneficiaries can use to get prescription drug coverage. Part D plans provide cost-sharing on covered medications in four different phases: deductible, initial coverage, coverage gap, and catastrophic. Each... (Part D) have a monthly premium, annual deductible, and copays or coinsurance on each prescription.