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Medicare Cost-Sharing Requirements for 2009

In this AARP Public Policy Institute Fact Sheet, Lynn Nonnemaker provides an overview of cost-sharing obligations for Medicare beneficiaries in 2009. Important changes include the following:

  • Beneficiaries now have 1 year from initial eligibility to have the Welcome to Medicare physical exam. In addition, the Part B deductible does not apply to the exam.
  • The Part A deductible is $1,068 per benefit period, up from $1,024 in 2008.

The report also lists the preventive services that Medicare covers in 2009 and indicates whether the Medicare Part B deductible applies to each service. (3 pages)

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