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Medicare’s 2012 premium increase is less than expected
USA Today

Medicare’s basic monthly premium will rise significantly less than expected next year, the government announced Thursday. The new Part B premium for outpatient care will be $99.90 a month for 2012, or about $7 less than projected as recently as May. So, most seniors will pay an additional $3.50 a month next year, instead of $10.20, as forecast earlier. Medicare’s Part B annual deductible, the amount beneficiaries pay before their coverage begins, will also drop next year to $140, a decrease of $22.