Part D

The Impact of Medicare’s IRMAA on Retirement

Planning to ever retire, if so, you may want to take notice of a federal rule that maybe missing in your  financial plan; Medicare’s Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA), which happens to place surcharges on top of the current year’s Medicare Part B and D premiums. Federal rules state that when you retire you […]

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Tier 4 Drugs, the rules have changed and they hurt you

Finally, the mainstream media is starting to react to the impending Medicare crisis, as more retirees are discovering that worrying about healthcare costs doesn’t stop at age 65.  In fact, it is only the beginning. Last week’s Boston Herald cover story focused on Ken Helgeson, a Medicare subscriber who unfortunately suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. His doctors prescribed […]

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Most and Least Affordable States to Reside in for Original Medicare Coverage

In retirement, when it comes to health coverage there is only Medicare. Here is a breakdown of the most and least affordable states to reside in for of Original Medicare that includes a Part D Drug Plan and a Medigap Plan G policy: With the cost of Medicare coverage reaching over $405,000.00 this year for a […]

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2020 Retiree Healthcare Costs

With 2020 comes some changes within Medicare and unfortunately with these changes the out-of-pocket expected costs for a couple retiring today have increased significantly. For a couple, both 65 years old today, projecting to live until age 87 for the female and 85 for the male the expected cost to insure themselves through Medicare will […]

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2020 Medicare Premiums and Costs

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2020 Medicare premiums and costs that impact retirees for 2020. Unfortunately, the news doesn’t seem to bring a lot to be merry about for the upcoming year. Here is a breakdown of what retirees on Medicare should expect in upcoming costs for 2020: Part A […]

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2020 Medicare Part D premiums – good news they are trending lower


2020 looks to be another good year for Medicare beneficiaries in terms of prescription drug coverage (Part D) as premiums nationally have decreased yet again for the second straight year. In 2020 the national average premium, according to the Centers of Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS) is projected to be about $40.61 a month for those who […]

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2019 Medicare Board of Trustees Report

The 2019 Medicare Board of Trustees Report has been released and the following is a breakdown of what can be expected in the future from Medicare, through at least 2028. The data is courtesy of the 2019 Medicare Board of Trustees Report. Part A: The Part A Deductible is expected to inflate 3.53% annually. The […]

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Social Security and Medicare are hand in hand

What may be flying under the radar at many of the Social Security seminars being held across the country is that in order to even receive this benefit one must, when eligible, enroll into Medicare or else.

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Medicare is Means Tested (IRMAA)

Medicare is means tested thru IRMAA – The Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount! What is it? As defined by Medicare: “If you have higher income, the law requires an adjustment to your monthly Medicare Part B (medical insurance) and Medicare prescription drug coverage premiums (Part D). Higher-income beneficiaries pay higher premiums for Part B and […]

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And the Regulations will be Televised

Rejoice, Americans – Congress has done it again! Another year and another opportunity to punt the Medicare/Health Spending can down the road… Back in 1997, our government began its quest to tackle the unsustainable increase in healthcare spending by enacting legislation which created a formula, aptly titled “the Medicare Sustainable Growth formula”, through the Balanced […]

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