Medicare Part B premiums will rise in 2013 while Part A premiums will fall, HHS announced Friday.
Published in the Federal Register, the notice said the standard premium for Medicare Part B (PDF)—which covers physician, outpatient hospital and certain home health services, as well as durable medical equipment—will be $104.90, a 5% increase over the 2012 premium of $99.90. The deductible for Part B services next year will be $147, up from $140.
Meanwhile, premiums for Part A (PDF) will drop by $10 to $441 for 2013. Medicare Part A covers inpatient hospitals, skilled-nursing facilities and some home healthcare.
Part A deductibles that beneficiaries pay when they're admitted to a hospital will rise next year to $1,184, an increase of $28 from the 2012 deductible level of $1,156.