Posted on Friday, 19th October 2018 by

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Medicare recently announced the standard Part B premium amount of $135.50 for 2019. Most people will pay the standard Part B monthly premium. If your modified adjusted gross income as reported on your IRS tax return from 2 years ago is above a certain amount, you’ll pay the standard premium and an Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA).  This extra charge is added to your monthly payment. Premiums due to IRMAA range from $189.60 to as high as $460.50 a month for the highest income bracket.

Those who retire and are covered under a working spouse’s health care plan can defer signing up for Medicare Part B without penalty. The cost for part B is determined by your Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI). The modification adds any tax-free income that you earned to your standard adjusted gross income tax that is listed on your IRS 1040 form. For example, if you own tax free municipal bonds, even though bond interest isn’t federally taxed that income is included to determine your MAGI for Part B premium determination.

The premium increases this year were minor, the standard premium increased only $1.50 per month, from $134 to $135.50. The IRMAA increases are listed below:

There are definite advantages for federal retirees to sign up for Medicare Part B. The following list of Medicare articles will help you decide what is best for you and your family.

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Disclaimer: Opinions expressed herein by the author are not an investment or benefit recommendation and are not meant to be relied upon in investment or benefit decisions. The author is not acting in an investment, tax, legal, benefit, or any other advisory capacity. This is not an investment or benefit research report. The author’s opinions expressed herein address only select aspects of various federal benefits and potential investment in securities of the TSP and companies mentioned and cannot be a substitute for comprehensive investment analysis. Any analysis presented herein is illustrative in nature, limited in scope, based on an incomplete set of information, and has limitations to its accuracy. The author recommends that retirees, potential and existing investors conduct thorough investment and benefit research of their own, including detailed review of OPM guidance for benefit issues and for investments the companies’ SEC filings, and consult a qualified investment adviser. The information upon which this material is based was obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but has not been independently verified. Therefore, the author cannot guarantee its accuracy. Any opinions or estimates constitute the author’s best judgment as of the date of publication, and are subject to change without notice. The author explicitly disclaims any liability that may arise from the use of this material.

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