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How does the Affordable Care Act affect income-related Medicare premiums?

The Affordable Care Act includes two important changes in the premiums for people with higher incomes. Currently, you pay a higher premium for Medicare Part B if your income is above a certain level. The income level starts at $85,000 for a single person or $170,000 for married couples filing joint tax returns.

Income-related premiums now also apply to those who have Part D prescription drug coverage. The income levels are the same as for Part B.

The law also freezes the 2010 income levels until 2020. As a result, more people will pay the higher-income premiums for Medicare Part B and Part D when they reach the income levels above.

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