What are the Medicare premiums and coinsurance rates for 2008?

The following is a listing of the Medicare premium, deductible, and coinsurance rates that will be in effect in 2008:

Medicare Premiums for 2008:

Part A: (Hospital Insurance) Premium

  • Most people do not pay a monthly Part A premium because they or a spouse has 40 or more quarters of Medicare-covered employment.
  • The Part A premium is $233.00 for people having 30-39 quarters of Medicare-covered employment.
  • The Part A premium is $423.00 per month for people who are not otherwise eligible for premium-free hospital insurance and have less than 30 quarters of Medicare-covered employment.

Part B: (Medical Insurance) Premium

The Part B premium is $96.40 per month* for individuals with income under $82,000.

Medicare Deductible and Coinsurance Amounts for 2008:

Part A: (pays for inpatient hospital, skilled nursing facility, and some home health care) For each benefit period Medicare pays all covered costs except the Medicare Part A deductible (2008 = $1,024) during the first 60 days and coinsurance amounts for hospital stays that last beyond 60 days and no more than 150 days.

For each benefit period you pay:

  • A total of $1,024 for a hospital stay of 1-60 days.
  • $256 per day for days 61-90 of a hospital stay.
  • $512 per day for days 91-150 of a hospital stay (Lifetime Reserve Days).
  • All costs for each day beyond 150 days.

Skilled Nursing Facility Coinsurance

$128.00 per day for days 21 through 100 each benefit period.

Part B: (covers Medicare eligible physician services, outpatient hospital services, certain home health services, durable medical equipment)

$135.00 per year. (Note: You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for services after you meet the $135.00 deductible.)

*Note: If your income is above $82,000 (single) or $164,000 (married couple), then your Medicare Part B premium may be higher than $96.40 per month.

[info above by Medicare, 5/8/2008]

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