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Original Medicare (Parts A & B) Costs

For most people, there is no premium for Medicare Part A if they have worked 10 or more years and paid into Social Security. There are other out-of-pocket costs associated with Medicare Part A and Part B. The hospital services covered by Part A have additional costs referred to as hospital benefit periods.

Part A Monthly Premium Costs*

What You Will Pay for a Hospital Stay*

What You Will Pay for a Skilled Nursing Facility Stay*

Medicare Part B Out-of-Pocket Costs*

Accepting Assignment

Doctors or other providers who accept assignment agree to accept the amount that Medicare will pay for a visit or service (called the Medicare-approved amount) as payment in full. This helps to reduce out-of-pocket costs.

Providers who see Medicare beneficiaries but do not accept assignments can charge up to 15% more than the Medicare-approved amount. Out-of-pocket costs could be the standard 20% coinsurance plus up to an extra 15%.

For example, if the Medicare-approved amount for a doctor visit was $100, but a doctor did not accept the assignment, they could charge up to $115 for the visit. Out-of-pocket costs could be $35 (20% of the $100 Medicare-approved amount, plus the extra $15 not covered by Medicare).

Opting out

Providers can also “opt-out” of the Medicare program. That means that they can charge any amount for a service and will not bill Medicare. If a provider has opted out of Medicare the full costs of the service must be paid out-of-pocket, Medicare will not cover any of the costs. Providers that opt-out of Medicare should have signed contracts from beneficiaries stating they consent to pay the full cost of services.

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