Navigating the 2024 Medicare Updates: A Comprehensive Guide


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Welcome to today’s Cardinal lesson, where we dive into the crucial updates for Medicare in 2024. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently released important changes affecting deductibles, co-payments, Part B premiums, and the Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA). These alterations are more than just bureaucratic shifts; they hold significant implications for anyone involved in financial and retirement planning, particularly those dealing with Social Security and Medicare.

Understanding the Changes:

Hospital Deductible Increase:
For 2024, the hospital deductible under original Medicare has been raised to $1,632. This deductible applies each time you’re hospitalized, with a potential to occur more than once in a year. It covers 60 days in the hospital, highlighting the importance of understanding out-of-pocket costs.

Part B Premium Adjustments:
Those on Medicare Advantage plans need to be aware of the increase in the Part B premium to $174.79. This change is significant for individuals transitioning from original Medicare to Medicare Advantage plans, as it represents an additional cost akin to a Medicare tax.

Plan G and Medicare Supplements:
For many with Medicare supplements, these changes may not directly affect them, as plans like Plan G cover these deductibles and co-payments. It’s essential to understand the coverage of your specific plan.

Expert Insight from Tom:

Tom, an experienced advisor in our team, emphasizes the importance of comprehending Medicare’s intricacies. Many individuals have a fragmented understanding of Medicare, often leading to misconceptions and poor decision-making. Our goal is to provide clarity on how Medicare works, its different components, and the impact of the latest changes.

Common Misunderstandings and Key Advice:

Medicare Advantage vs. Supplement Plans:
A critical distinction often overlooked is between Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare supplements. These are fundamentally different, and understanding this distinction is key to making informed healthcare decisions.

Importance of Part B:
Failing to sign up for Part B upon retirement can lead to significant coverage gaps. It’s a crucial component of Medicare that cannot be overlooked.

Annual Enrollment Choices:
During the annual enrollment period, reassessing your Medicare choices is vital. Understanding the pros and cons of each option helps in making an educated decision that aligns with your health needs and financial situation.

Navigating Your Medicare Options:

Selecting the right Medicare path involves considering various factors such as health status, financial situation, and personal preferences. Whether it’s sticking with original Medicare and a supplement plan or choosing a Medicare Advantage plan, each has its own set of benefits and drawbacks. Our role is to guide you through these options and help you make a choice that best suits your individual needs.


As we navigate through these changes, it’s crucial to stay informed and understand the implications of each update. Remember, Medicare doesn’t cover long-term care, and aspects like IRMAA can have tax implications. Stay up to date with these changes, and don’t hesitate to seek guidance when making decisions about your healthcare coverage.

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2024 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles

In this essential Cardinal lesson, Hans Scheil & Tom Griffith cover the latest 2024 Medicare updates. As CMS releases new changes, it’s crucial to stay informed about the adjustments in deductibles, co-payments, Part B premiums, and IRMA. This video isn’t just about announcements; it’s about understanding these changes and their impact on your healthcare planning.

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