Means Testing Medicare Premiums

by Patricia Salber

First published 6/14/11 on The Doctor Weighs In

With all of the hullabaloo about health reform, the Ryan plan and other Medicare-related excitement, I somehow missed a major change in how Medicare is doing business – which is pretty funny since I have spent the last 5 years working for Medicare Advantage plans.  Since January 2011, Medicare has been means testing the Part B premium.  Even more amazing is that some of my most wonky policy wonk friends didn’t know about this – not mentioning any names.

Anyway, I found out in the rudest of ways – a letter from the Social Security Administration describing the impact of the new approach on my own premiums.  It was a shocker for someone used to paying nothing for health care.  (I know, no sympathy for me on that one.)

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