Medicare covers more than 57 million Americans, providing the healthcare coverage they need. Every year, though, the cost of Medicare typically goes up, and the program passes through those increases to its participants in the form of higher premiums, deductibles, and other expenses. Below, we'll look at the changes that are slated to take effect for Medicare in 2017.
Part A costs
Most Medicare participants get hospital insurance coverage under Part A without paying a premium. However, for those who didn't collect enough credits for paying Medicare taxes during their career and don't have a qualifying spouse, Medicare charges a monthly premium of up to $413 per month. That's $2 higher than the maximum amount for 2016.