Medicare’s ‘Part B’ outpatient premium to rise by $3.90

Medicare says its ‘Part B’ monthly premium for outpatient care will go up by $3.90 next year to $148.50

WASHINGTON — Medicare’s ‘Part B’ monthly premium for outpatient care will go up by $3.90 next year to $148.50, officials announced late Friday afternoon.

Medicare also announced that the Part B deductible next year will be $203, an increase of $5. The deductible is the amount patients pay each year before their insurance kicks in.

The inpatient deductible will be $1,484, an increase of $76.

Most Medicare recipients rely on supplemental insurance or a Medicare Advantage plan to cover their annual deductibles.