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How can income level affect Medicare Part B premiums?

People with higher incomes (generally above $85,000 for an individual, or $170,000 for a couple) do pay higher Part B premiums. However, due to provisions in the new health care law, the costs of annual wellness visits and many preventive screenings are now covered in full.

For people with low incomes, the Medicaid program can act as a Medigap plan to absorb the costs Medicare doesn’t cover. 

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