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Avoiding High Medicare Premiums

November 15, 2021

Managing your retirement income and Medicare costs can be confusing. For instance:

  • Most people who are eligible to receive Medicare benefits pay no premium for Medicare Part A. However, Medicare Parts B, C, D, and Medigap charge premiums that will need to be budgeted for.
  • Premiums for Medicare Parts B and D are determined by your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI), which is adjusted gross income plus tax-exempt municipal bond interest calculated for two years prior. If your MAGI is even one dollar over a premium threshold, you’ll be subject to the higher premium.

That’s where a little planning can help. Many people can avoid entering a higher premium bracket just by managing their income. One way is to take a higher percentage of income in retirement from sources not subject to the MAGI calculation, such as qualified retirement plans, or the cash value from certain life insurance contracts. And once you reach age 70 ½, qualified charitable distributions are another alternative to help reduce your MAGI.

If you’d like to learn more about managing Medicare premiums or other expenses in retirement, including long-term care costs not covered under Medicare, call today for a consultation.

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