There are more than 212,000 Medicare beneficiaries in Tarrant County. For these people and their loved ones, there are several programs and websites to assist with Medicare enrollment and coverage questions. These resources will give you information on finding a Medicare-certified doctor, hospital, nursing homes, and other health care options.
The federal health insurance program is offered to Americans who are 65 or older, people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease. Medicare coverage is divided into four parts:
Part A covers inpatient hospital services, skilled nursing facilities, hospice care, and some home health care options.
Part B covers doctor’s appointments and services, outpatient care, medical supplies, and well visits.
Part C is a type of Medicare health plan offered by a private company that contracts with Medicare for your Part A and Part B benefits. This is a Medicare Advantage plan that provides additional coverage, including prescription drug coverage.
Part D gives you the option to add prescription drug coverage.
About Arlington Medicare recipients and Medicare spending
The average age of Medicare recipients in Tarrant County was 71.
There are 212,256 beneficiaries in Tarrant County, which equals 113 recipients per 1,000 residents.
Total Medicare spending in Tarrant County was $1.39 Billion.
Medicare spending increased 3.08 percent from 2013 to 2014.
Most of the Tarrant County Medicare spending went to inpatient services (28 percent). The next amount was for evaluation and management at 9.79 percent.
If you want to enroll for Medicare in person versus applying online, you can apply for Medicare in person at the Social Security office in Grand Prairie. The building is located at:
2010 N State HWY 360
Grand Prairie, TX 75050
There are other free programs available to seniors to assist with Medicare enrollment and coverage. United Way of Tarrant County offers one-on-one advice on Medicare, Medicaid, discrepancies on hospital bills and more. You can call a state-certified benefits counselor at 817.258.8125.
Caregivers can also call 1.888.730.2372 for free, detailed information on the Aging and Disability Resource Center which works alongside United Way’s Area Agency on Agency.
Medicare’s website offers an online Physician Compare service to help you find Arlington-area doctors that accept Medicare. You can also see which doctors accept the Medicare fee to prevent you from having to pay money on top of Medicare’s payment. A quick search for geriatric specialty doctors finds 11 doctors within 15 miles of Arlington. There are several more options if you search for a general or family doctor. These are all group practices at this time.
You can learn where the doctor is located, contact information, hospital affiliation, and which Medicare payments he or she accepts.
Medicare’s website provides similar tools to find nursing homes in Arlington and other health care services including home care, health and drug plans, suppliers of medical equipment, dialysis facilities, and hospitals. You can also read reviews on these facilities.
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