Finalized Medicare Part B Premium

On the very day that Keiro posted our latest blog post, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a press release announcing the Medicare Part B premiums and deductible for 2017.

As described in our previous post, the Medicare Part B premium for 2016 for 70% of beneficiaries is $104.90/month (or higher, depending on income), because of the “hold harmless” provision to protect seniors.


30% of the Medicare beneficiaries are not covered by the “hold harmless” provision.   Their Medicare Part B premium will increase from $121.80/per month (or higher, depending on income) to $134.00/month.  People in this group are:

  • Those who do not received Social Security benefits,
  • Those who enroll in Part B for the first time in 2017,
  • Those who are directly billed for their Part B premium,
  • Those who are dually eligible for Medicaid (Medi-Cal in CA) and have their premium paid by the state Medicaid agencies, and
  • Those who pay an income-related premium.

Medicare also announced the Part B annual deductible for 2017 which will be $183, compared to $166 in 2016.

REMINDER! Medicare Open Enrollment ends on December 7, 2016!

If you would like to make a change for your Medicare health and drug plans, please contact your local HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) office to get assistance from a certified volunteer counselor.

Dianne Kujubu Belli and Kanako Fukuyama (bilingual in English and Japanese) are KEIRO staff and certified HICAP counselors in Orange County. For assistance, please contact 213.873.5700.


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