Some of you may remember receiving a false message over the last couple of years, saying that due to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Medicare recipients' monthly premiums were going to increase drastically from about $100 a month to $247 per month and that the annual deductible was going to soar. That message was exposed early on as totally false. It seems to have been concocted by opponents of "obamacare" who wanted to scare senior citizens into opposition to the Act.
This is the truth. According to the December 2013 issue of the AARP Bulletin (p. 6), citing the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, "Standard premiums for Medicare Part B -- which covers doctors' services and outpatient care -- will remain at $104.90 a month in 2014, the same as this year ... and the annual deductible will stay unchanged at $147. The news ... disproves a mass email that has been circulated since 2010, claiming that under the Affordable Care Act the Part B premium would reach $247 a month by 2014. Officials say that the actual premium -- always calculated as 25 percent of the program's costs in the previous year -- has been held flat because Medicare costs have slowed, in part due to provisions of the new law."