Medicare is a large part of Ohioan seniors’ lives. If you are looking to enroll, find a Medicare provider, or just learn more about Medicare, Columbus has plenty of resources to offer.
Medicare consists of four parts: Parts A, B, C, and D. Part A – This portion of Medicare covers hospitalization, including skilled nursing care, home health, and hospice. You will receive Part A for free if you paid into Social Security for a total of 40 quarters or 10 years. If you didn’t pay into the Social Security tax for that length of time, you must pay a monthly premium, according to MedicareInteractive.org.
Part B – Part B is your medical insurance and covers your appointments, durable medical equipment, outpatient services, lab tests, x-rays, ambulance service, and mental health care. There is a monthly premium required.
Part C – Part C is the section of Medicare that gives private insurance companies permission to provide you with services. These include Medicare Advantage Plans made up of HMOs and PPOs.
Part D – This is your outpatient prescription drug coverage. Part D is available through third party insurance companies. You pay these companies a monthly premium and receive medication at a much lower cost. Typically a copay is charged at the pharmacy counter.
There are 158,467 Medicare beneficiaries in Franklin County as of 2014.
The total Medicare cost for the county is $856 million .
The average beneficiary age in Franklin County is 69.
The total number of Medicare beneficiaries in Ohio is 2.05 million.
10 percent of Medicare spending in Franklin County pays for skilled nursing facility care.
6 percent of Medicare spending in the county pays for home health care.
41 percent of Medicare spending in Franklin County pays for inpatient care.
Medicare is for seniors age 65 and over or individuals with certain disabilities. According to the Ohio Department of Aging, if you qualify for Social Security benefits, you probably qualify for Medicare. You can call the Social Security Administration (SSA) at 1-800-772-1213 to enroll or make changes to your Medicare Part A and B as well as report a lost Medicare card. You can also visit the SSA at 200 N. High Street in Columbus or at 1051 Worthington Woods Boulevard in Columbus. You can contact Medicare directly at 1-800-MEDICARE for general information.
The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) can answer any questions you may have about Medicare, help you enroll, or if you need help choosing a Part D plan.
Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) Ohio Department of Insurance 50 W. Town Street, Third Floor - Suite 300 Columbus, OH 43215 Toll-free phone number 1-800-686-1578
Medicare.gov offers a Physician Compare search engine to assist you in finding physicians and other health care professionals in the Columbus area quickly. You can find 17 physicians in the city that specialize in geriatric medicine and 117 that practice family medicine. The search tool displays whether or not the physician accepts Medicare or possibly accepts Medicare.
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