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in 1996, The Wagner Law Group has 22 attorneys engaged
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and ethical standards. The firm is among the largest ERISA boutiques
in the country. Our practice is national in scope, with clients in
more than 40 states and several foreign countries.
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November 24, 2015
Health and Welfare Law
2016 Medicare Part A
Deductibles and Part B Premiums
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") has
announced the Medicare Part A deductibles and Part B premiums for
2016. Medicare Part A covers inpatient hospital and hospice care,
while Part B covers outpatient services such as doctors' visits.
there is no Social Security cost of living increase for 2016, most
people with Medicare Part B will not have any increase in premiums in
2016 and will pay the same monthly premium as they did in 2015, which
is $104.90 per month. Beneficiaries not
protected by the law's "hold-harmless" provision will pay
The CMS notice provides that "Medicare
Part B beneficiaries not subject to the "hold-harmless"
provision are those not collecting Social Security benefits, those
who will enroll in Part B for the first time in 2016, dual eligible
beneficiaries who have their premiums paid by Medicaid, and
beneficiaries who pay an additional income-related premium. These
groups account for about 30 percent of the 52 million Americans
expected to be enrolled in Medicare Part B in 2016." As required by the Medicare Modernization Act,
single beneficiaries with incomes over $85,000 and married couples
with incomes of over $170,000 will pay a higher Part B premium, based
on a sliding scale.
A deductible for inpatient hospital expenses will be $1,288 in 2016,
a $28 increase over the prior year. For the 61st through
90th day of hospitalization, the per diem coinsurance cost
will be $322, while hospital stays over 90 days will cost $644 per
day. Daily coinsurance for the 21st to 100th
day in a skilled nursing facility will cost $161 in 2016.
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