The federal Medicare program helps over 65,000 Charleston County adults pay for essential health care services and procedures each year. Locals can learn more about Medicare benefits by going online or connecting with the Atlanta Regional Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office.
If you are a Charleston senior over the age of 65, you may qualify for Medicare coverage. There are four separate parts to the program that cover everything from prescription medication to hip replacements.
Part A (Hospital Insurance) helps to cover the cost of care in a hospital or skilled nursing home. Medicare Part A also pays for certain home health services.
Part B (Medical Insurance) covers expenses such as doctor’s visits, preventative care, lab tests and more.
Part C (Medicare Advantage Plans) offers Part A and Part B coverage through private insurance companies that contract with Medicare.
Part D (Prescription Drug Coverage) helps Medicare beneficiaries to pay for prescription drugs and is offered through private insurance companies.
According to the Charleston County Medicare Spending & Usage:
67,649 Charleston County residents had Medicare coverage in 2014.
Charleston Medicare beneficiaries were an average age of 71 in 2014.
34% of Charleston County Medicare spending goes towards inpatient services, while 16% goes towards outpatient care.
Almost 7% of Medicare spending in Charleston County goes towards care in local nursing homes.
5% of Charleston County Medicare spending goes towards beneficiaries who receive health care services at home.
Do you need help navigating the often complicated Medicare application process? Are you having trouble making an appeal? You can contact your Regional CMS Office by phone, email, or in person for assistance and guidance. The Atlanta Regional CMS Office serves the residents of Charleston along with families living across the rest of South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Georgia.
Atlanta Region 4 Office
Atlanta Federal Center
61 Forsyth Street, SW, Suite 4T20
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
The Atlanta Regional CMS Office is just a twenty-minute cab ride away from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Visitors can also ride on MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority), Atlanta’s public transportation system. It’s just a short walk from the Five Points Subway Station to the Atlanta Federal Center, while the bus stop located at Alabama & Forsyth Street is even closer.
Charleston residents can contact the Atlanta Regional CMS Office to learn more about local providers within the Medicare network, or they can use Medicare’s convenient online search and comparison tools. You can go online 24 hours a day to find contact information, customer survey results, star quality ratings, and more. The Medicare search tool even allows patients to quickly compare up to three hospitals, nursing homes, dialysis facilities, or home health agencies. If you need medical supplies, you can search for prostheses and prosthetic devices, orthotics, and more in your zip code by using the online Medicare supplier directory.
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