Press Release             

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mitchell Clark
Senior Communications Associate
212-204-6286

November 16, 2012

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker on the Announcement of 2013 Medicare Premiums and Deductibles

New York, NY—Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the 2013 Medicare Part B premium will be $104.90 per month, and the Part B deductible will be $147. Even though payment reforms enacted over the past few years, including those in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), have kept these costs lower than expected, today’s announcement offers a stark reminder to policymakers embroiled in deficit reduction negotiations: older adults and people with disabilities with Medicare already pay a high amount for their health care. Half of all people with Medicare live on annual incomes of $22,000 or less, and the average person with Medicare spends 15% of their household expenses toward health care costs, opposed to 5% among non-Medicare households.

The average person with Medicare spends $4,500 for health care per year. In the last 5 years of life, beneficiaries spend an average of $38,688 per year, and for 25% of beneficiaries, out-of-pocket costs average $101,791 during this period. This harsh financial reality makes clear that any proposal to find savings in the Medicare program should not force people with Medicare to pay more for less health security. Instead of shifting costs to beneficiaries, Medicare Rights Center supports cost savings solutions that address the problem of rising health care costs in the system overall. Find out more at our newest webpage: http://www.medicarerights.org/issues-actions/deficit-reduction-and-medicare.php.

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