Medicare is a federal insurance program that helps disabled adults and seniors over the age of 65 to access affordable health services. Corpus Christi families can learn more about the Medicare program using convenient national, state, and local resources.
If you qualify to receive Medicare benefits, you may be wondering what services are covered. Depending on your medical needs, you can choose from Medicare coverage options to build the perfect health plan.
All Medicare beneficiaries are automatically enrolled in Part A plans, which cover inpatient care and hospital visits. Part A is free for eligible adults, with no fees or deductibles. Medicare Part B, on the other hand, costs a small monthly fee but is completely optional. Plans cover outpatient care, doctor’s visits, lab tests, and more. Together, Medicare Parts A and B are known as Original Medicare.
Medicare Part C is better known as Medicare Advantage, a program that provides Part A and Part B coverage through private insurance companies. Some Advantage plans offer a wider range of coverage than Original Medicare, including hearing, dental, and vision. Beneficiaries who want prescription drug coverage can enroll in a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plan or a stand-alone Medicare Part D plan.
According to the Nueces County Medicare Spending & Usage:
In 2014, there were 51,892 Medicare beneficiaries living in Nueces County.
The average age of these Medicare recipients was 70.
Just over one-third of Nueces County Medicare funding is spent on inpatient care.
11% of Nueces County Medicare spending goes towards home health services.
Over 8% of Medicare spending in Nueces County goes towards skilled nursing care.
Corpus Christi families can find help applying for and claiming Medicare benefits by contacting their Regional Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office, located in Dallas.
Dallas Region 6 Office
1301 Young Street, Room 714
Dallas, TX 75202
To get to the Dallas Region 6 Office, you can take the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system to the nearby Akard Light Rail Station. You can also reach the office via bus by taking the 278 or 283 line to the Young & Akard Street stop.
The online Medicare physician search tool can help you to find health professionals in Corpus Christi and the surrounding area. Simply search for a doctor by name or medical specialty to find dozens of care options near you. Medicare also offers free, user-friendly search tools that help online guests find medical suppliers, home health agencies, and health care facilities. You can see how hospitals in your neighborhood rank on quality measures such as readmission rates and patient satisfaction, or you can check out how local nursing homes hold up against state and national scores for safety and staffing. A convenient comparison function makes it easy for Medicare beneficiaries to choose the right in-network care provider.
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