October 6, 2022
7 minute read

How Much Does Medicare Cost?

You’ve spent decades paying Medicare taxes in addition to your own health insurance costs. But now that you’re eligible for Medicare, you’re in the clear, right?

Not so fast.

How Much Does Medicare Cost in 2022?

  • Part A: Most people can get Medicare Part A for a zero-dollar premium.
  • Part B: Medicare Part B has a standard monthly premium of $170.10 in 2022.
  • Part C: Medicare Part C has an average monthly premium of $19 in 2022.
  • Part D: Medicare Part D stand-alone plans are projected to have an average monthly premium of $33.3

There are four different parts of Medicare — labeled A and B (Original Medicare), C (Medicare Advantage), and D (prescription drug coverage). Each comes with its own set of expenses.

Let’s take a closer look with a detailed breakdown of the costs associated with each part of Medicare.

How Much Does Medicare Part A Cost?

Medicare Part A usually doesn’t require a monthly premium payment if you or your spouse paid Medicare taxes while working. If you have to purchase Medicare Part A, it can cost up to $499 per month.4

What it is: Medicare Part A provides coverage for hospital services and care. This includes expenses for care received during stays in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, hospice or home health care facilities.

Premium-Free Part A Eligibility

Most people with Medicare Part A do not have to pay a premium. This is appropriately called “premium-free Part A,” and there are two ways to get it.

You’re at least 65 years old and at least ONE of the following is true:

  1. You receive retirement benefits from either Social Security or the Railroad Retirement Board.
  2. You’re eligible for either Social Security or Railroad Retirement benefits but have not filed for them.
  3. Either you or your spouse had a government job that was Medicare-covered.

** or ** 

You’re under 65 years old and at least one of the following is true:

  1. You have received benefits from either Social Security or the Railroad Retirement Board for at least 24 months.
  2. You have End-Stage Renal Disease and meet certain requirements.

If you do not meet one of the above requirements, you’ll have to pay a premium for Medicare Part A. In 2022, that premium is as much as $499 per month.

 

Deductibles

The 2022 Medicare Part A deductible is $1,556 for each benefit period.This is the amount you will have to pay out of your own pocket before Medicare begins contributing to your healthcare expenses.

Coinsurance

The amount of coinsurance you will pay under Medicare Part A depends on the benefit period. For the first 60 days you are in the hospital, you will pay no coinsurance. Beginning on day 61, you will pay $389 in 2022 for each day of the benefit period.1

If you are still in the hospital by Day 91, you will then begin paying $778 in 2022.1This is the beginning of your “lifetime reserve days,” which is a total of 60 days to be used over the course of your lifetime.

Once you have exhausted all of your lifetime reserve days, you will pay the full cost of the hospital stay for each day.

 

How Much Does Medicare Part B Cost?

The standard premium for Medicare Part B is $170.10 per month in 2022.1

What it is: Medicare Part B is known as medical insurance. This includes doctors’ visits, physical therapy and medical equipment. When Part A is combined with Part B, it is known as “Original Medicare.”

Income Related Adjustment Amounts (IRMAAs)

The cost of your premium can be affected by your income level. The higher your income, the more you’ll be asked to pay in premiums. The income used to determine your premium payment is based on the income you reported on your IRS tax return from two years prior. See the table below.5

Annual 2020 Income

(individual)

Annual 2020 Income 

(Married, Filing Jointly)

Annual 2020 Income

(Married and Separated)

2022 Medicare Part B Premium
$91,000 or less $182,000 or less $91,000 or less $170.10
$91,001 to $114,000 $182,001 to $228,000 N/A $238.10
$114,001 to $142,000 $228,001 to $284,000 N/A $340.20
$138,001 to $165,000 $284,001 to $340,000 N/A $442.30
$170,001 to $500,00 $340,001 to $750,000 $91,000 to $409,000 $544.30
$500,001 and above $750,000 and above $409,000 and above $578.30

 

Deductible

The annual deductible for Part B coverage is $233 for 2022.1 Again, this is the amount you’ll have to pay on your own first before Medicare begins paying its share of your medical bills.

Coinsurance

Once you meet your Part B deductible, you can expect to pay a 20% coinsurance. This means you will pay 20% of any medical bill while Medicare takes care of the remaining 80%.1

The 20% is taken not from the total amount of the bill, but rather from the “Medicare-approved amount.” The Medicare-approved amount is the total amount that a doctor or healthcare provider can charge for Medicare patients. This is often less than what that doctor or facility charges for non-Medicare patients.

How Much Does Medicare Part C Cost?

A 2022 Medicare Part C plan has a $19 monthly premium on average. About half of Medicare Part C enrollees who enroll in a plan with prescription drug benefits (54%) will end up paying $0 in premiums. The exact costs for Part C will depend on which plan you choose.2

What it is: Part C, also called “Medicare Advantage,” is Medicare Part A and Part B combined and is offered by private insurance. By law, the coverage afforded by these plans must be at least equivalent to that of Original Medicare.
In addition to the basic coverage of Original Medicare, these Part C plans typically offer additional benefits not covered by parts A and B, such as vision, dental or hearing coverage.

You Must Still Pay Part B Premiums

This is where things can get tricky. Because you have to carry Medicare Part A and Part B in order to enroll in a Part C plan, you will have to pay a Part B premium in addition to any Part C premium.

Deductibles

Not all Part C plans require a deductible. Part C deductibles for prescription drugs will be in addition to your Part A or B deductible.

Coinsurance/Copayments

Once again, coinsurance or copayments can vary greatly. Factors include the plan selected, type of service received, whether that service takes place inside or outside of a network and more.

How Much Does Medicare Part D Cost?

The average monthly premium for a stand-alone Part D plan is $33.00.The exact cost of your Part D coverage will depend on the plan you choose.

What it is: Similar to Part C, Part D is also a collection of plans provided by private insurance companies and approved by Medicare. These plans focus on providing comprehensive coverage for prescription drug costs.

Medicare recipients can choose to add a Part D Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) to Original Medicare.

  • If a Medicare Advantage plan does not include drug coverage, you may not add a Part D plan to it. In fact, enrolling in a PDP un-enrolls you from your Medicare Advantage plan.
  • However, if your Private Fee-for-Service plan does not have drug coverage, you can add coverage without losing your Medicare Advantage plan.

Premium Additions for Higher Incomes

Medicare Part D charges higher premiums for people with higher reported income. This means you’ll pay any premium that is mandated by your selected plan in addition to a flat fee based on your reported income.

Like Part B, the income used to determine your “extra” premium payment is based on the income you reported on your IRS tax return from two years prior. The table below breaks down what a 2022 Medicare Part D enrollee would have pay for a premium.1

 

Annual 2020 Income

(individual)

Annual 2020 Income 

(Married, Filing Jointly)

Annual 2020 Income

(Married and Separated)

2022 Medicare Part D Premium cost
$91,000 or less $182,000 or less $91,000 or less Plan premium only
$91,001 to $114,000 $182,001 to $228,000 N/A Plan premium + $12.40
$114,001 to $142,000 $228,001 to $284,000 N/A Plan premium + $32.10
$138,001 to $165,000 $284,001 to $340,000 N/A Plan premium + $51.70
$170,001 to $500,00 $340,001 to $750,000 $91,000 to $409,000 Plan premium + $71.30
$500,001 and above $750,000 and above $409,000 and above Plan premium + $77.90

 

Extra Help">Extra Help Costs

Extra Help">Extra Help is a Medicare program to help people with limited income pay for prescription drug costs, including premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance. You can see if you qualify for Extra Help">Extra Help by using the HealthMarkets Extra Help">Extra Help calculator.

Deductibles

Deductibles for Medicare Part D plans will vary from one plan to the next. However, Medicare Part D annual deductibles cannot exceed $480 if you do not have Extra Help">Extra Help. If you have Full Extra Help">Extra Help, there is no deductible. With Partial Extra Help">Extra Help, you’ll have a deductible of either $99 or the plan’s standard deductible (whichever is the cheaper of the two).6

 

Copayments/Coinsurance

Once again, copayments and coinsurance amounts will depend on the plan selected as well as the service rendered. But coinsurance and copayments for Part D plans can get complicated.

To fully understand Medicare Part D copayments and coinsurance, you’ll first have to understand the coverage gap and catastrophic coverage. The coverage gap comes into play when you and your Medicare Part D plan have paid a combined predetermined amount for your prescription drugs during a given year. The current predetermined amount is $4,430.7

Once this number has been reached, you are now in the coverage gap and will have to pay 25% of the cost of any brand name or generic drugs. The coverage gap is also called the “donut hole.”

But there is an end to the coverage gap. Once you have spent $7,050 in 2022 out of your own pocket for prescription drugs, you are out of the coverage gap and qualify for catastrophic coverage.8 During catastrophic coverage, you will pay a copayment or coinsurance for any more drugs for the rest of the year.

Late Enrollment Penalties

More Medicare costs can accrue if you are late to enroll. Late enrollment penalties are in place for Part A, Part B, and Part D.

Part A Late Enrollment Penalty

If you are not eligible for premium-free Part A and do not purchase it when you first become eligible, your monthly premium can increase by 10%. This penalty will last for twice the number of years that you were eligible for Part A but were not enrolled.9

Part B Late Enrollment Penalty

If you do not sign up for Medicare Part B when you first become eligible but later decide to enroll, you may have to pay a late enrollment penalty for as long as you remain enrolled in Part B.

The late enrollment penalty for Part B can be a premium increase of up to 10% for each 12-month period that you were eligible for Part B but not enrolled.10

So, for example, if three years lapsed between the time you became eligible for Part B and the time you decided to enroll, you would face a late enrollment penalty of 30% of the premium.

Part D Late Enrollment Period

A Part D late enrollment penalty will be applied if you went 63 days or more without having Part D or another approved prescription drug plan following the close of your initial enrollment period.11 The amount of the penalty depends on the number of days you were without prescription drug coverage.

The penalty is calculated by taking 1% of the “national base beneficiary premium” ($33.37 in in 2022) and multiplying that by the number of months you were not enrolled. This figure is then added to your Part D premium and may be enforced for as long as you have Part D.11

Compare Medicare Plans

Ready to start shopping? Visit HealthMarkets online today to review plans that may fit your needs, at no cost to you. You can also call (800) 488-7621 to speak to a licensed insurance agent.

footer logo
facebook logo
better business bureau seal

© 2022 HealthMarkets Insurance Agency. All rights reserved.

To send a complaint to Medicare, call 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users should call 1- 877-486-2048), 24 hours a day/7 days a week). If your complaint involves a broker or agent, be sure to include the name of the person when filing your grievance.

We do not offer every plan available in your area. Any information we provide is limited to those plans we do offer in your area. Please contact Medicare.gov or 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users should call 1- 844-704-7357), 24 hours a day/7 days a week, to get information on all of your options.

Attention: This website is operated by HealthMarkets Insurance Agency, Inc. and is not the Health Insurance Marketplace® website. HealthMarkets Insurance Agency, Inc. is licensed as an insurance agency in all 50 states and DC. Not all agents are licensed to sell all products. Service and product availability varies by state. Sales agents may be compensated based on a consumer’s enrollment in an insurance plan. No obligation to enroll. Agent cannot provide tax or legal advice. Contact your tax or legal professional to discuss details regarding your individual business circumstances. Our quoting tool is provided for your information only. All quotes are estimates and are not final until consumer is enrolled. Medicare has neither reviewed nor endorsed this information.

HealthMarkets Insurance Agency offers the opportunity to enroll in either QHPs or off-Marketplace coverage. Please visit HealthCare.gov for information on the benefits of enrolling in a QHP. Off-Marketplace coverage is not eligible for the cost savings offered for coverage through the Marketplaces.

This information is not a complete description of benefits. Call the Plan’s customer service phone number for more information.

MULTIPLAN_HM_HOWMUCHDOESMCCOST_2022_M

© 2022 HealthMarkets Insurance Agency. All rights reserved.

To send a complaint to Medicare, call 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users should call 1- 877-486-2048), 24 hours a day/7 days a week). If your complaint involves a broker or agent, be sure to include the name of the person when filing your grievance.

We do not offer every plan available in your area. Any information we provide is limited to those plans we do offer in your area. Please contact Medicare.gov or 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users should call 1- 844-704-7357), 24 hours a day/7 days a week, to get information on all of your options.

Attention: This website is operated by HealthMarkets Insurance Agency, Inc. and is not the Health Insurance Marketplace® website. HealthMarkets Insurance Agency, Inc. is licensed as an insurance agency in all 50 states and DC. Not all agents are licensed to sell all products. Service and product availability varies by state. Sales agents may be compensated based on a consumer’s enrollment in an insurance plan. No obligation to enroll. Agent cannot provide tax or legal advice. Contact your tax or legal professional to discuss details regarding your individual business circumstances. Our quoting tool is provided for your information only. All quotes are estimates and are not final until consumer is enrolled. Medicare has neither reviewed nor endorsed this information.

HealthMarkets Insurance Agency offers the opportunity to enroll in either QHPs or off-Marketplace coverage. Please visit HealthCare.gov for information on the benefits of enrolling in a QHP. Off-Marketplace coverage is not eligible for the cost savings offered for coverage through the Marketplaces.

This information is not a complete description of benefits. Call the Plan’s customer service phone number for more information.

MULTIPLAN_HM_HOWMUCHDOESMCCOST_2022_M

© 2022 HealthMarkets Insurance Agency. All rights reserved.

To send a complaint to Medicare, call 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users should call 1- 877-486-2048), 24 hours a day/7 days a week). If your complaint involves a broker or agent, be sure to include the name of the person when filing your grievance.

We do not offer every plan available in your area. Any information we provide is limited to those plans we do offer in your area. Please contact Medicare.gov or 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users should call 1- 844-704-7357), 24 hours a day/7 days a week, to get information on all of your options.

Attention: This website is operated by HealthMarkets Insurance Agency, Inc. and is not the Health Insurance Marketplace® website. HealthMarkets Insurance Agency, Inc. is licensed as an insurance agency in all 50 states and DC. Not all agents are licensed to sell all products. Service and product availability varies by state. Sales agents may be compensated based on a consumer’s enrollment in an insurance plan. No obligation to enroll. Agent cannot provide tax or legal advice. Contact your tax or legal professional to discuss details regarding your individual business circumstances. Our quoting tool is provided for your information only. All quotes are estimates and are not final until consumer is enrolled. Medicare has neither reviewed nor endorsed this information.

HealthMarkets Insurance Agency offers the opportunity to enroll in either QHPs or off-Marketplace coverage. Please visit HealthCare.gov for information on the benefits of enrolling in a QHP. Off-Marketplace coverage is not eligible for the cost savings offered for coverage through the Marketplaces.

This information is not a complete description of benefits. Call the Plan’s customer service phone number for more information.

MULTIPLAN_HM_HOWMUCHDOESMCCOST_2022_M