Did you know there are some changes on the horizon for Medicare? If you’re an older adult who’s on Medicare, then you’ll want to stick around for this article. Grab a pen and paper and get ready to take some notes. Here are the key updates coming to Medicare in 2024.
In 2024, Medicare enrollees with Low Income Subsidy (LIS) won’t have to pay 5% coinsurance on their prescription drugs in the Catastrophic Phase of Part D. Once enrollees have reached their out-of-pocket spending limit, they will pay nothing for their prescription drugs. The catastrophic threshold will be set to $8,000 in 2024. This means that Part D enrollees will only spend about $3,300 in out-of-pocket costs. In other words, you won’t have to pay any additional costs for brand-name medications!
Speaking of the LIS, in 2025, Part D IS coverage will be expanded! The LIS is a program that helps people with Medicare pay for their prescription drugs. To be eligible for the LIS, enrollees must have limited income and resources. Further eligibility requirements include:
In 2024, premiums for some Medicare Advantage plans will increase just slightly. According to The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the average monthly premium will raise to $18.50 in 2024, as opposed to $17.86 in 2023. Medicare Advantage plans offer a variety of benefits, including prescription drug coverage, dental and vision coverage, and fitness center memberships.
In addition to these key updates, Medicare Part B premiums will also see an increase in 2024. Additionally, there are some exciting changes coming to the coverage gap known as “the donut hole.” For more information on these changes, click HERE.
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Originally published October 18, 2023