It's a good article since it shows Medicare premiums for higher income Medicare recipients as well.tadamsmar wrote:This is a good article on the increase, very detailed, see the table at the bottom that lays out next year's increase down to the penny:
http://www.fedsmith.com/2015/11/01/who- ... -premiums/
The impact in future years is a bit vague, surcharges (only $3,or more?) continue until the shortfall is made up, an estimated 5 years. Even the hold harmless crowd will see a $3 surcharge tacked on when they get COLAs, but I guess their benefit will never decrease in nominal dollars.
As regards surcharges, etc, this situation will continue year to year so long as increases in healthcare expenses outpace the percentage increases in the cost of living metric used for annual SS COLAs, which is to say FOREVER under the current system.
I'll be paying $321/mo for Medicare next year and can look forward to that increasing to $500/mo and more if nothing legislative is done.