Medicare part B is considered a supplemental insurance program as it covers all the treatments and procedures not covered under part A. It s premiums are usually deducted from the social security benefits.
Medicare part B also helps in covering some preventive services that help in maintaining a stable health by avoiding the spread of some illnesses. You can also check out:
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As from 2013 one will be required to pay more for Medicare Part B of up to $147 which is an increase of $7 as compared to 2012. Once you pay the $147 you will be eligible for a cover of up to of 80% of the approved amount. Most people pay standard premium amounts for Medicare Part B. The Internal revenue service considers Part B as a medical expense meaning you can deduct expenses greater than 7.5% of your adjusted gross income to cover for total medical care and dental expenses.
Medicare Part B EnrollmentIf you already get social security benefits you will be automatically enrolled into Medicare part B. You also do have the option of declining part B or enroll at a future date but will be required to pay a late subscription fee. You can apply for social security benefits or Medicare if you are approaching 65 and have not yet enjoyed the benefits. It is usually good to apply prior to reaching 65 years say 3 months before so as to enjoy its full benefits.
medicare Part B Premium 2013The monthly actuarial rates for 2013 will be $209.80 for aged enrolls while for disable enrollees it will stand at $235.50. The monthly premium rate will stand at $104.90 which is equal to 50% of the monthly actuarial rates. The actuarial rates for aged and disabled enrollees are used to determine the correct amount of general revenue financing per beneficiary month.
You can deduct a portion of your Medicare part B premiums from your income taxes of which you will first need to have a significant amount of the total medical expenses and must itemize your tax deductions. Social security deducts monthly premiums from your social security check list once you receive the social security and apply for Part B Medicare coverage.
Enrolling to Medicare Part B is not mandatory but comes down to one's choice. If you don’t enroll once you hit 65 you can also do the same under the general enrollment plan that takes place between January 1st of very year and march 31st. Your coverage in this case will begin from July 1st.
Medicare Part B CoverageMedicare part A does not cover all the medical procedures that one might undergo. In this case Part B takes over whatever is left behind by part A. Some of the services covered by Medicare part B include non routine doctor visits outpatient surgery supplies and diagnostic tests. Part B also covers durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, oxygen equipment and in-home hospital beds.
Medicare Part B will cover laboratory costs for services such as blood tests and screening tests. If a patient requires home based services then this plan also provides the cover. Taxpayers with status of married who file jointly for Medicare always end up paying high premiums if their gross income exceeds $170,000. Individuals who delay enrollment in Medicare part B past the initial enrollment period are always required to pay premiums that are up by up to 10% for each of the delayed 12 month period.