What Will You Pay for Medicare in 2017?
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that in 2017, most Medicare beneficiaries (about 70%) will pay $109 per month on average for Medicare Part B. This is up from the $104.90 monthly Part B premium that has been in effect since 2013.
If you fall into this group, you face only a modest Part B premium increase in 2017 because your Part B premium is deducted from your Social Security benefit, and you will be receiving only a small Social Security cost-of-living increase next year (0.3%). Due to a provision in the Social Security Act called the “hold harmless” rule, Medicare premiums for existing beneficiaries can’t increase faster than their Social Security benefits. Because your Medicare premium increase is based on your actual Social Security benefit, you may pay more or less than the $109 average premium. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will tell you the exact amount of your Part B premium in 2017.
Approximately 30% of Medicare beneficiaries are not subject to this provision, and may pay substantially more for Medicare Part B. You fall into this group if:
The table below shows the Part B premium you’ll pay next year if you’re in this group.
*Beneficiaries with higher incomes have paid higher Medicare Part B premiums since 2007. To determine if you’re subject to income-related premiums, the SSA uses the most recent federal tax return provided by the IRS. Generally, the tax return you filed in 2016 (based on 2015 income) will be used to determine if you will pay an income-related premium in 2017. You can contact the SSA at (800) 772-1213 if you have new information to report that might change the determination and lower your premium (you lost your job and your income has gone down or you’ve filed an amended income tax return, for example).
Changes to other Medicare costs
Other Medicare Part A and Part B costs will change in 2017, including the following:
To view the Medicare fact sheet announcing these and other figures, visit Medicare.gov.