What will my Medicare premium be?

f you or your spouse have worked for at least 10 years (40 quarters) and paid Medicare taxes, you are eligible for premium-free Part A. If you have not met the 40 quarters, you can pay for the Part A premium which in 2019 is $437. If you paid Medicare taxes for 30-39 quarters, the standard Part A premium is $240.

In case of Part B in 2019, the premium amounts vary depending on your income. The higher your income, the more you pay for premium. For those who earn low-income, there is a government program, called Medicaid or Low-Income Subsidy, that helps cover premium payments for Part B.

Since 2007, a beneficiary’s Part B monthly premium is based on his or her income. These income-related monthly adjustment amounts (IRMAA) affect roughly 5 percent of people with Medicare Part B.  The total premiums for high income beneficiaries for 2019 are shown in the following table:

Beneficiaries who file  individual tax returns with income: Beneficiaries who file joint tax returns with income: Income-related monthly adjustment amount Total monthly premium amount
Less than or equal to $85,000 Less than or equal to $170,000 $0.00 $135.50
Greater than $85,000 and less than or equal to $107,000 Greater than $170,000 and less than or equal to $214,000 $54.10 $189.60
Greater than $107,000 and less than or equal to $133,500 Greater than $214,000 and less than or equal to $267,000 $135.40 $270.90
Greater than $133,500 and less than or equal to $160,000 Greater than $267,000 and less than or equal to $320,000 $216.70 $352.20
Greater than $160,000 and less than $500,000 Greater than $320,000 and less than $750,000 $297.90 $433.40
Greater than or equal to $500,000 Greater than or equal to $750,000 $325.00 $460.50

  Premiums for high-income beneficiaries who are married and lived with their spouse at any time during the taxable year, but file a separate return, are as follows:

Beneficiaries who are married and lived with their spouses at any time during the year, but who file separate tax returns from their spouses: Income-related monthly adjustment amount Total monthly premium amount
Less than or equal to $85,000 $0.00 $135.50
Greater than $85,000 and less than $415,000 $297.90 $433.40
Greater than or equal to $415,000
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