Rising Medicare premiums threaten to wipe out increases in Social Security payments next year, leaving millions of retired and disabled Americans without a raise for the third straight year. How a typical Social Security recipient would be affected, using projections from the trustees who oversee both programs.
Average monthly Social Security benefit: $1,077.
Monthly Medicare Part B premium: $96.40-X
Monthly payment: $980.60.
Monthly Social Security benefit: $1,090, based on a 1.2 percent increase.
Monthly Medicare Part B premium: $113.80.
Monthly payment without hold-harmless: $976.20.
Actual monthly payment: $980.60, based on a provision that prevents Part B premiums from reducing Social Security payments for most beneficiaries.
X(equals)Medicare Part B premiums have been frozen at the 2009 level of $96.40 for about 75 percent of beneficiaries because there has been no increase in Social Security payments.
Sources: 2010 trustee reports for Medicare and Social Security; Social Security Administration.