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The facts about Medicare premiums

You may have heard rumors lately that Medicare Part B premiums are shooting up — by as much as 200 percent. Those rumors are completely false, I’m happy to say. In fact, for most people with Medicare, the Part B premium will rise by $3.50 per month in 2012. That means the total monthly premium will be $99.90. Medicare is divided into four parts: A, B, C and D. Part A pays for hospital inpatient care, skilled nursing care, hospice and some home health care.