February 23, 2022
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Medicare Out-of-Pocket Costs: Where Is Your Money Going?

If you’re eligible to receive Medicare coverage, you may still be responsible for some Medicare out-of-pocket costs. Depending on the plan you choose and your yearly income, you will have more or less to pay in healthcare expenses. HealthMarkets can help break down those expenses for each Medicare part.

What Are Medicare Out-of-Pocket Expenses?

Premiums, deductibles, coinsurance, copays, and prescription drug costs account for all types of Medicare out-of-pocket costs. These are forms of payment made by you, the beneficiary, and each Medicare part includes different rates.

Part A: If you or your spouse paid taxes during employment, you usually don’t have to pay a premium for Medicare Part A, also known as hospital insurance. If you have to buy into Part A, the monthly premium can go up to $499 as of 2022. Each benefit period has a deductible of $1,556, and the coinsurance depends on the length of time you stay at a hospital. Part A coinsurance is as follows:1

  • Days 1-60: $0 for each benefit period
  • Days 61-90: $389 per day of each benefit period
  • Days 91 and beyond: $778 per “lifetime reserve day” after the 90th day
  • After Lifetime Reserve Days: all costs

Part B: If you’re already enrolled in Medicare Part B, also known as medical insurance, and your premium is automatically deducted from Social Security, your monthly premium will likely be $170.10 in 2022.2 If you’re a new enrollee, you will pay the following premium based on your 2020 yearly income:1

Yearly Income in 2020 2022 Monthly
Part B Premium
Individually filed tax return Joint filed tax return Married and separate
filed tax return
Less than $91,000 Less than $182,000 Less than $91,000 $170.10
$91,001 – $114,000 $182,001 – $228,000 N/A $238.10
$114,001 – $142,000 $228,001 – $284,000 N/A $340.20
$142,001 – $170,000 $284,001 – $340,000 N/A $442.30
$170,001 – $499,999 $340,001 – $749,999 $91,001 – $408,999 $544.30
$500,000 or above $750,000 or above $409,000 or above $578.30

 

After the $233 deductible is met, Part B beneficiaries will usually pay a coinsurance of 20% for most doctor’s services.1

Part C: Outside of Original Medicare (Parts A and B) is Part C, also known as Medicare Advantage, which combines the coverage of Parts A and B and can offer additional benefits like prescription drug, dental, vision, wellness, and hearing, depending on the plan. Medicare Advantage out-of-pocket costs include low premiums, which can be $0.3 The monthly premium is determined by the plan, its coverage, and the private insurance company selling the plan. You must still pay your Part B premium in addition to your Part C premium.

Deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance averages are hard to estimate for Medicare Advantage because each plan has its own schedule of benefits. For example, a Part C plan may have a lower monthly premium but a higher annual deductible or vice versa. Or a plan may have a variation of copayments costs depending on if you made a visit to the doctor’s office or the emergency room. It’s best to speak with a licensed insurance agent for a comprehensive list of plans that fit your needs.

Part D: Out-of-pocket costs for Medicare Part D vary depending on the plan you purchase from a private insurance company. Similar to Medicare Advantage premiums, Part D’s premiums stay low and usually range from $7-$99 a month.4 Part D premiums are also affected by an “income-related monthly adjusted amount”, or IRMAA. This means that if your adjusted gross income is above a certain amount as reported on your 2020 IRS tax return, you must pay an extra amount to Medicare—not the insurance company. Here are the details:5

Yearly Income in 2020 2022 Monthly
Part D Premium and IRMAA total
Individually filed tax return Joint filed tax return Married and separate
filed tax return
Less than $91,000 Less than $182,000 Less than $91,000 Plan’s monthly premium
$91,001 – $114,000 $182,001 – $228,000 N/A Plan’s monthly premium + $12.40
$114,001 – $142,000 $228,001 – $284,000 N/A Plan’s monthly premium + $32.10
$142,001 – $170,000 $284,001 – $340,000 N/A Plan’s monthly premium + $51.70
$170,001 – $499,999 $340,001 – $749,999 $91,001 – $408,999 Plan’s monthly premium + $71.30
$500,000 or above $750,000 or above $409,000 or above Plan’s monthly premium + $77.90

 

Part D deductibles also vary depending on the plan, but the standard deductible amount is no more than $480 in 2022.4 Most copayments and coinsurance costs for Part D come in “tiers” or different levels where the cost will vary. Some plans may have a set amount (copayment) to pay for prescription drugs, and some plans may have a percentage of the cost (coinsurance) that you must pay.

Maximum Out-of-Pocket Costs for Medicare

Parts A and B do not have a Medicare out-of-pocket maximum, so that means there is no annual limit on what you could pay. Medicare Advantage does have a maximum out-of-pocket limit. Once you reach the limit, your insurance company will cover any other healthcare costs that are included under your plan for the remainder of the year. There are different Medicare Advantage out-of-pocket limits based on the plan. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services suggests Medicare Advantage plans have a limit of $7,550 in 2022.6,7 On average, a Medicare Advantage plan had an out-of-pocket limit of $5,091 for in-network services in 2021.8

Part D is more complex than the other parts of Medicare because out-of-pocket expenses for prescription drugs are handled differently. After you and your drug plan have spent $4,430 on covered prescription drugs in 2022, you’ll be in the coverage gap, also known as the Medicare donut hole.9 When you hit the coverage gap, you’ll need to pay 25% of the costs until you reach your annual out-of-pocket limit of $7,050 in 2022.9,10 What happens after that? Well, after the out-of-pocket limit of $7,050 has been reached, you’ll start receiving catastrophic coverage. This ensures you’ll pay a small coinsurance or copayment for covered prescription drugs for the rest of the year.

HealthMarkets Can Help You Find the Right Plan

Medicare out-of-pocket costs are a lot of information to take in. And if you’re feeling overwhelmed, HealthMarkets can help. Start comparing plans online now to find one that’s right for your coverage needs. You can also speak to a licensed insurance agent by calling (800) 827-9990.

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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.

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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.

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