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Here's some good news for advisors with clients on Medicare earning more than $85,000 asindividuals and $170,000 as couples filing jointly: Starting nextyear, the income brackets linked to surcharges for Medicare Parts B(medical services and supplies) and D (prescription drugs) will beindexed to inflation for the first time since 2010.

There are five income brackets linked to different surchargepercentages, ranging from 33% to 201%, which are applied as anadditional cost to the base premium. (See table below.)

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Bernice Napach

Bernice Napach is a senior writer at ThinkAdvisor covering financial markets and asset managers, robo-advisors, college planning and retirement issues. She has worked at Yahoo Finance, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Reuters, Investor's Business Daily and The Bond Buyer and has written articles for The New York Times,, The Star-Ledger, The Record, Variety and Worth magazine. Bernice has a Bachelor of Science in Social Welfare from SUNY at Stony Brook.