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2022 Social Security and Medicare Figures compared to the 2021 Figures

On October 13, 2021, the Social Security Administration "SSA" announced all of the 2022 figures. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency under the Department of Health and Human Services announced the 2022 Medicare premiums and deductibles on November 12, 2021. The table below is a summary of the new 2022 Social Security and Medicare figures compared to 2021. The last four Medicare Part D figures at the end of the table were released on January 15, 2021.

The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2022 is 5.9%. In 2022, the full retirement age (FRA) is 66 and 4 months (was 66 and 2 months in 2021). Some of the following Social Security program figures relate to when a person attains FRA.

  • Social Security
  • Medicare
  • Original Medicare Plan

Social Security

Social Security
2021
2022
Cost-of-living Adjustment (COLA) for December (payable in January)
1.3% (12/20)
5.9 (12/21)
FICA tax rate
Social Security for employees and employers
6.20%
6.20%
Medicare (Hospital Insurance) An additional FICA tax of 0.9% applies to high-income beneficiaries with annual incomes above $200,000 ($250,000 for married couples filing jointly). The employer does not pay this additional percentage.
1.45%
1.45%
Maximum Social Security earnings for tax contributions and benefits
$142,800
$147,000
Medicare taxable earnings
no limit
no limit
Earnings required to earn one credit (maximum of four credits per year)
$1,470
$1,510
Retirement Earnings Test exempt amounts
Under full retirement age (FRA) throughout 2021
$18,960
$19,560
FRA in 2021 (period before the month FRA is attained)
$50,520
$51,960
FRA and over
no limit
no limit
Primary Insurance Amount (PIA) formula – is the basic benefit formula used to calculate a person’s benefit and is applied to their average indexed monthly earnings (AIME). For people attaining age 62 or younger in each year, the formula as follows:
90% of the first $ of AIME, plus
$996
$1,024
32% of the next $ of AIME, plus
$5,006
$5,148
15% of the remaining AIME in excess of
$6,002
$6,172
National Average Wage Index
$54,099.90
$55,628.60

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Medicare

Medicare
2021
2022
Part A (Hospital Insurance) voluntary monthly premium if not eligible for premium-free Part A (an estimated 600,000 people pay this rate)
$471
$499
Part A reduced monthly premium for persons with 30-39 credits
$259
$274
Part B (Medical Insurance) standard monthly premium for most current, new, and high-income Medicare beneficiaries, and people whose Medicare premium is paid by Medicaid.
$148.50
$170.10
High-income Part B (Medical Insurance) standard monthly premium*
File an Individual Tax Return
File a Joint Tax Return
0 to $91,000 annual income
0 to $182,000 annual income
$148.50
$170.10
$91,001 to $114,000
$182,001 to $228,000
$207.90
$238.10
$114,001 to $142,000
$228,001 to $284,000
$297.00
$340.20
$142,001 to $170,000
$284,001 to $340,000
$386.10
$442.30
$170,001 to $500,000
$340,001 to $750,000
$475.20
$544.30
over $500,000
over $750,000
$504.90
$578.30

*Income brackets for beneficiaries based on their 2020 federal income tax return filing status and adjusted gross income in 2022 (2019 returns for 2021).

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Original Medicare Plan

Original Medicare Plan
2021
2022
Part A inpatient deductible per benefit period
$1,484
$1,556
Part A daily coinsurance 61st through 90th days
$371
$389
Part A daily coinsurance for up to 60 "lifetime reserve" days
$742
$778
Part A daily coinsurance 21st through 100th days in a skilled nursing facility
$185.50
$194.50
Part B annual deductible
$203
$233
Part D (Prescription Drug Coverage) monthly premium paid to Part D plan Income-related adjustment will be paid to Medicare as follows*:
About $30.50
About $33
File an Individual Tax Return
File a Joint Tax Return
0 to $91,000 annual income
0 to $182,000 annual income
Add $0
Add $0
$91,001 to $114,000
$182,001 to $228,000
Add $12.30
Add $12.40
$114,001 to $142,000
$228,001 to $284,000
Add $31.80
Add $32.10
$142,001 to $170,000
$284,001 to $340,000
Add $51.20
Add $51.70
$170,001 to $500,000
$340,001 to $750,000
Add $70.70
Add $71.30
over $500,000
over $750,000
Add $77.10
Add $77.90

*Income brackets for beneficiaries based on their 2020 federal income tax return filing status and adjusted gross income in 2022 (2019 returns for 2021).

Part D deductible
$445
$480
Part D initial benefit limit
$4,130
$4,430
Part D catastrophic threshold
$6,550
$7,050
Part D minimum cost-sharing for catastrophic coverage
 
Generic/Preferred:
$3.70
$3.95
 
Other:
$9.20
$9.85

Social Security and Medicare Publications

Social Security and Medicare are the main source of retirement income and health care coverage. Use the easy-to-understand booklets to answer the many questions on these programs. Both are full of examples and updated information to help people get the most out of their benefits.

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For a limited time, get your prepublication 10% discount and FREE gift when you order online at www.imercer.com/guide and www.imercer.com/medicare.

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