Medicare in Dallas
More than 250,000 Dallas County residents, most of them seniors, are Medicare beneficiaries. If you (or a loved one) have questions about enrollment or coverage, or if you’re looking for a doctor, nursing home or hospital that participates in Medicare, you’ve got local and online resources to help you out.
What is Medicare? A brief summary
The federal health insurance program for Americans age 65 and older (as well as younger people with certain conditions) has 4 parts: A, B, C, and D.
Part A covers inpatient hospital care, a specific and limited range of skilled nursing and home health care, and hospice services.
Part B covers many physician visits, supplies, well-checks, and some outpatient services.
Part C consists of a selection of optional Medicare Advantage Plans through which a private company delivers Parts A and B to you, usually along with its own prescription coverage.
Part D is an add-on prescription medication coverage program.
Dallas Medicare beneficiary fast facts
There were 286,077 Medicare recipients in Dallas County in 2014.
The average age of Dallas County Medicare beneficiaries in 2014 was 71.
One third (33%) of Medicare spending in Dallas County goes to inpatient care.
Twelve percent of Medicare spending in Dallas County goes to home health care.
Nine percent of Medicare spending in Dallas County goes to skilled nursing care.
Dallas Medicare office location and services
As with Social Security, Dallas is a regional hub for Medicare administration. In fact, the Region 6 Medicare Office is located in the same building as the regional SSA offices, which makes it more convenient if you need to apply for benefits, make an appeal, or request a replacement Medicare or Social Security card in person.
Dallas Region 6 Office
1301 Young Street, Room 714
Dallas, TX 75202
There is a bus stop at the Region 6 office for 208 and 210 Downtown buses. The Akard light rail station is one-third of a mile south of the office complex. For general inquiries and health plan information, call (800) 633-4227 toll free.
Finding Dallas Medicare providers
You can find Dallas-area doctors with Medicare’s online Physician Compare tool. A search for fee-for-service providers within 15 miles of downtown Dallas shows more than 30 geriatric medicine doctors nearby, 3 geriatric psychiatrists, and more than 400 family practitioners. If you expand your search to include doctors who accept Medicare patients but don’t charge the fee-for-service rate, then you will have more options to choose from—as long as you don’t mind paying the difference in cost.
Click on doctors’ names to see their office location and contact details, what type of Medicare payments they take, where they have hospital privileges and any fellow practitioners in the same group. Right now, comparison tools are only available for group practices, but Medicare says it will allow users to compare doctors later on.
Medicare’s website lets you search for and compare more than 90 Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing homes in the Dallas area. You can see ratings for each facility for health inspection history, staffing, resident care quality, and overall performance. There are similar tools for finding Dallas home health care services, hospitals, dialysis centers, and medical equipment and supplies.
Learn more about Financial Assistance for Dallas Seniors:
- Medicaid in Dallas
- Dallas Veterans Benefits
- Social Security for Dallas Seniors
- Top Dallas Senior Discounts
- Dallas Family Caregiver Benefits
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