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    Medicare premiums going up $5 a month for 2013

    11:08 AM, Nov 16, 2012   |    comments
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    WASHINGTON (AP) - The government says Medicare premiums are going up $5 a month for 2013. That's less than expected, but it'll still eat up nearly one-fourth of the typical cost-of-living raise for retirees.

    Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner says the monthly premium for 2013 will be $104.90 a month.

    Also known as the Part B premium, it covers outpatient care such as office visits and medical supplies. Taxpayers pay 75 percent of the cost for Part B benefits, and the monthly premium covers the remaining 25 percent.

    High-income beneficiaries face bigger increases, from $42 to $230.80 a month. Most low-income beneficiaries have their premiums paid by Medicaid.

    Initially, premiums for 2013 were forecast to go up as much as $9 a month, but health care inflation has remained modest.

    (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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