2020 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles
On November 8, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2020 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and Part B programs.
Medicare Part B Premiums/Deductibles
Medicare Part B covers physician services, outpatient hospital services, certain home health services, durable medical equipment, and certain other medical and health services not covered by Medicare Part A.
Each year the Medicare premiums, deductibles, and copayment rates are adjusted according to the Social Security Act. For 2020, the Medicare Part B monthly premiums and the annual deductible are higher than the 2019 amounts. The standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B enrollees will be $144.60 for 2020, an increase of $9.10 from $135.50 in 2019. The annual deductible for all Medicare Part B beneficiaries is $198 in 2020, an increase of $13 from the annual deductible of $185 in 2019.
Proud and humbled that we have been a part of Eagle Market St over many years - we have written the coverage for the organization and board of directors for last 8 years or so. Finally their project is coming together !
Manna Fundraiser Success
Trout Insurance sponsored a fundraiser for Manna Foods on Saturday, October 26. Dave baked brownies and brewed hot apple cider. We matched donations of both food and dollars. We are happy to announce that we delivered 8 boxes of canned goods and $300 to Manna to help keep our community well fed. Many thanks to all who contributed!
Senior Fitness Resources
Many of our insurance partners offer discounted or free memberships for folks on Medicare to attend local fitness facilities. These include the YMCA, YWCA, Gold’s Gym, Workout Anytime and many others. We work with Physio physical therapy on Merrimon Avenue, who offer a variety of classes and therapies, plus Haywood Regional Fitness, who features a great facility and super pool!
New Benefits on Blue Cross Advantage Plans
As we come into Open Enrollment for individual health insurance, Blue Cross is offering expanded benefits on their Gold and Silver plans–the first three visits to primary care doctors are covered at 100% with no Copay.
We are seeing premiums decrease and are very affordable on their Bronze plans. In many cases, the Marketplace subsidy is greater than the premium, so your monthly responsibility is zero.
Marketplace Subsidies and 2020 Income Estimate
Healthcare.gov uses your “Modified Adjusted Gross Income" to calculate your premium subsidy. With tax reform passed by Congress in 2017, the 1040 return changed. Your Adjusted Gross income is found on line 7. If you or a family member on your return receives Social Security, the full value – line 5a must be added as well. And be sure to check with your tax or financial specialist.
TriTerm Health Insurance Plans
For folks who do not qualify for premium subsidies, health insurance is expensive. One option may be a non–ACA plan. While these plans do not offer the same benefits, they may be the right fit for you. New is “Tri-Term" from United Health Care. Once underwritten, this coverage will renew without further health questions for a day short of 3 years.
The Grandkids on Halloween
Ben and Julie trick-or-treating in Weaverville, including our office on Main St.– where they know Dave is going to have some treats!
Trout Insurance Team
Trout Insurance Services
Visit: 29 N Main St
Weaverville, NC 28787
Mail: PO Box 1414
Weaverville, NC 28787