Truth be Told: President Trump's Medicare claims speak to Wisconsin seniors about cost

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Posted at 4:07 PM, Oct 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-30 20:22:50-04

A political ad approved by President Donald Trump's campaign speaks directly to Wisconsin seniors about Medicare costs.

It claims Medicare costs have dropped 21 percent in Wisconsin during Trump's presidency.

But the actual difference in cost depends on what part of Medicare you're talking about.

Most people have Medicare Parts A and B, commonly referred to as hospital and medical insurance.

Both parts have seen increases in the last four years, according to data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS).

But for Medicare part C, or the Medicare Advantage plan, costs in Wisconsin have dropped, with CMS reporting patients were paying an average of 23 percent less in 2020 than they were in 2017.

In Wisconsin, the average Medicare Part C cost dropped from $36 last year, to $35.

About 22 million people are enrolled in Medicare Part C

Meanwhile, 62 million are enrolled in Parts A and B.

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