Medicare Part B premiums for 2012 lower than expected

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that Medicare Part B premiums for 2012 will be lower than what was previously expected. The Medicare Part B deductible will also decrease by $22. Medicare Advantage premiums will be approximately 4 percent lower next year than they were this year.

I am very happy to hear this news, as today more than ever, older Pennsylvanians are struggling to cover their health care costs beyond the assistance they receive from Medicare. In these tough economic times we have a duty to support our older citizens and help them tackle the rising cost of health care. Therefore, this announcement on Medicare premiums for next year is good news for all older Pennsylvanians and people with disabilities.