Medicare Part A deductible to rise by $32 in 2010

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The Medicare Part A deductible will increase by $32 in 2010 to $1,100, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The beneficiary pays the deductible when admitted as a hospital inpatient. Medicare Part A pays for skilled nursing facility, inpatient hospital, hospice and certain home healthcare services. Beneficiaries must pay an additional $275 for days 61 through 90 in 2010, and $550 for lifetime reserve days. Only about 1% of Medicare beneficiaries have to pay a premium for Part A services.

Meanwhile, a total of 27% of Part B beneficiaries will see a monthly premium increase in 2010 as a result of a “hold harmless” provision in the current law, CMS said. The increase will raise the 2010 Part B monthly premium to $110.50 from $96.40. In 2010, the Part B deductible will be $155.


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