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WASHINGTON | Slight increase in Medicare’s outpatient ‘Part B’ premium

WASHINGTON — Medicare says its “Part B” premium for outpatient care will rise by just $1.50 a month next year. That means retirees should be able to keep more of their recently-announced Social Security cost-of-living increase. Medicare officials said Friday the standard premium will be $135.50 a month for 2019. “Part B” of Medicare covers … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Slight increase in Medicare’s outpatient ‘Part B’ premium

WASHINGTON | US consumer prices up slight 0.1 percent in September

WASHINGTON— Consumer prices edged up a slight 0.1 percent in September as energy prices retreated after a big gain in August. The Labor Department said Thursday that the September gain in its closely watched consumer price index followed a 0.2 percent rise in August. It was the smallest monthly gain since June. Inflation has been … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US consumer prices up slight 0.1 percent in September