Medicare Deductibles: Here’s What One Needs to Know

iQuanti: Your Medicare deductible can have far-flung effects on your medical costs. With a clear understanding of your deductible, you can get the most value out of your Medicare coverage.
Now, let’s answer some of the biggest questions surrounding Medicare deductibles.
What Is the Medicare Deductible?
A Medicare deductible refers to the amount you are required to pay before your medical coverage becomes active. For instance, if you have a health insurance deductible of $2,000, you are responsible for any medical costs up to this amount. Once you reach your deductible amount, your insurer covers your medical costs for the remainder of the year.
With Medicare, your deductible works the same way it would with a standard health insurance plan. Your Medicare plan requires you to pay a certain amount for medical costs. After you reach your yearly deductible amount, your plan covers some or all of your remaining medical expenses.
How Much Is a Medicare Deductible?
In 2021, Medicare Part A beneficiaries have an annual inpatient hospital deductible of $1,484 for each benefit period. Previously, the Medicare Part A inpatient hospital deductible was $1,408 in 2020.
The annual deductible for Medicare Part B enrollees is $203 in 2021. This represents a $5 increase from 2020.
Medicare Part C deductibles differ from plan to plan. Many Part C plans have no deductible. Some plans have deductibles for medical care and prescription drugs.
Like Medicare Part C, Medicare Part D deductibles vary. Certain Part D plans do not have a deductible, while the maximum Part D deductible amount for 2021 is $445.
How Do Medicare Deductibles Work?
The Medicare Part A deductible applies to any beneficiary who is admitted to a hospital. It covers a portion of a beneficiary’s costs for the first 60 days of inpatient hospital care. After 60 days, the beneficiary is responsible for a daily coinsurance amount of $371 for days 61 through 90. Following day 90, the beneficiary must pay $742 per day for every day he or she remains hospitalized.
For a Part A beneficiary in a skilled nursing facility, their daily coinsurance amount totals $185.80 per day. The beneficiary is responsible for this amount from days 21 through 100 in which extended care services are administered. 
If you are enrolled in Medicare Part B and meet your annual deductible, you are required to pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount of the medical service. There is no annual limit on the amount you will need to pay out of pocket. Furthermore, there may be a limit on the amount of expenses you pay via Medigap, Medicaid, or other supplemental medical coverage.
How a Medicare Part C and Part D deductible depends on the plan. It pays to learn as much as you can about a Part C and Part D deductible before choosing a plan. This ensures that you are well-equipped to manage your plan’s medical care or prescription drug coverage costs.
How Often Do Medicare Deductibles Change?
Medicare deductibles typically change annually, increasing for inflation. If a Medicare deductible changes, it will do so starting January 1. A Medicare deductible can only change once per year.
Will Medicare Deductibles Increase in 2022?
Expect an official announcement regarding 2022 Medicare deductible amounts before the end of the year. However, the Board of Trustees of Medicare has predicted Medicare deductible amounts will increase in 2022, and the Medicare deductible for Parts A and B typically increases annually by a small amount.
Source: iQuanti, Inc.