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Medicare Part B Premium Costs Will Hold Steady in 2014

For the upcoming year, premiums will be $104.90 a month. In 2013, beneficiaries experienced a $5-per-month increase.

USA Today: Medicare Part B Premiums Won’t Go Up In 2014
The premiums for Medicare Part B will remain flat in 2014 and seniors have saved $8.3 billion on Part D prescriptions since the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday. Medicare Part B covers medically necessary services, as well as preventive services (Kennedy, 10/28).

The Associated Press/Washington Post: Medicare Monthly Premium Will Stay At $104.90 A Month
Medicare says the “Part B” premium most seniors pay for outpatient care will stay the same in 2014, at $104.90 a month. That’s good news for beneficiaries, following a $5-per-month increase this year (10/28).

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