Medicare Part B

Posted:June 1, 2015

Once you become eligible for Medicare Part A, you are also eligible for Medicare Part B. Like Part A, you will be automatically enrolled into Part B if you are already collecting Social Security. Medicare Part B

covers 2 types of services: medically necessary services and preventative services. These include services and supplies needed to diagnose and treat your medical condition,

health care to prevent illness, ambulance services, and durable medical equipment.

There is a monthly premium due for Part B coverage. In 2015, most people paid a premium of $104.90 per month. However, this amount can vary depending on the income filed on your tax returns. Part B also has an annual deductible of $147.00.

You must have Part B if you intend to enroll in a Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plan. Some of the Medicare regulated Supplement plans will cover the annual Part B deductible.

To determine if a service is covered under Medicare Part B, talk with your doctor or visit Be sure to show your red, white, and blue Medicare Card in order to ensure Medicare Part B is being billed properly.