Medicare Part B premiums remain the same in 2015

Published: October 23, 2014

RRB_seal_150pxThe standard Medicare Part B monthly premium will be $104.90 in 2015, the same amount as in 2014.

Some beneficiaries will continue to pay higher premiums based on their modified adjusted gross income, but these amounts are also remaining the same as in 2014. The monthly premiums that include income-related adjustments for 2015 will be $146.90, $209.80, $272.70, or $335.70, depending on the extent to which an individual beneficiary’s modified adjusted gross income exceeds $85,000 (or $170,000 for a married couple). The highest premium rate applies to beneficiaries whose incomes exceed $214,000 (or $428,000 for a married couple). The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimates that less than five percent of Medicare beneficiaries pay the larger income-adjusted premiums.

Beneficiaries in Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage plans pay premiums that vary from plan to plan. Beginning in 2011, the Affordable Care Act required Part D beneficiaries whose modified adjusted gross income exceeds the same income thresholds that apply to Part B premiums to also pay a monthly adjustment amount. In 2015, the adjustment amount ranges from $12.30 to $70.80.

The Railroad Retirement Board withholds Part B premiums from benefit payments it processes. The agency can also withhold Part C and D premiums from benefit payments if an individual submits a request to his or her Part C or D insurance plan. The RRB will also begin withholding Part D income-related adjustment amounts from benefit payments in January 2015.

The following tables (click here) show the income-related Part B premium adjustments for 2015. The Social Security Administration is responsible for all income-related monthly adjustment amount determinations. To make the determinations, SSA uses the most recent tax return information available from the Internal Revenue Service. For 2015, that will usually be the beneficiary’s 2013 tax return information. If that information is not available, SSA will use information from the 2012 tax return.

Those railroad retirement and social security Medicare beneficiaries affected by the 2015 Part B and D income-related premiums will receive a notice from SSA by December 2014. The notice will include an explanation of the circumstances where a beneficiary may request a new determination. Persons who have questions or would like to request a new determination should contact SSA after receiving their notice.

Additional information about Medicare coverage, including specific benefits and deductibles, can be found at www.medicare.gov.