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New Medicare Premium, Deductible, and Coinsurance Charges for 2008

Last Updated: 10/5/2007

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the new Medicare premiums, deductibles, and coinsurances. The standard Medicare Part B premium is increasing by 3.1 percent to $96.40 a month, the smallest increase since 2001.

The increase is lower than previously expected in part due to the correction of an accounting error. Money for certain hospice benefits had been inadvertently drawn from the Part B trust fund rather than the fund that pays hospital costs. In addition, the lower premium assumes that physicians will take a 10 percent cut in their reimbursement rates. It is expected that Congress will act to offset some of or all of that pay cut, meaning that future-year premiums will reflect the additional expense.

Here are all the new Medicare figures:

  • Part B premium: $96.40/month (was $93.50)
  • Part B deductible: $135 (was $131)
  • Part A deductible: $1,024 (was $992)
  • Co-payment for hospital stay days 61-90: $256/day (was $248)
  • Co-payment for hospital stay days 91 and beyond: $512/day (was $496)
  • Skilled nursing facility co-payment, days 21-100: $128/day (was $124)

As directed by the 2003 Medicare law, for the first time, higher income beneficiaries will pay higher Part B premiums. Following are the higher premium rates:

  • Individuals with annual incomes between $82,000 and $102,000 and married couples with annual incomes between $164,000 and $204,000 in 2008 will pay a monthly premium of $122.20.
  • Individuals with annual incomes between $102,000 and $153,000 and married couples with annual incomes between $204,000 and $306,000 in 2008 will pay a monthly premium of $160.90.
  • Individuals with annual incomes between $153,000 and $205,000 and married couples with annual incomes between $306,000 and $410,000 in 2008 will pay a monthly premium of $199.70.
  • Individuals with annual incomes of $205,000 or more and married couples with annual incomes of $410,000 or more in 2008 will pay a monthly premium of $238.40.

Rates differ for beneficiaries who are married but file a separate tax return from their spouse:

  • Those with incomes between $82,000 and $123,000 will pay a monthly premium of $199.70.
  • Those with incomes greater than $123,000 will pay a monthly premium of $238.40.