Medicare helps many seniors get the health care and services they need. Over 56,000 residents in Allen County use Medicare, and many of them are the elderly. If you don’t know much about Medicare and have questions, or you need help applying for benefits and finding services in your area, you can find what you need either online or through local offices.
If you’re a senior that is 65 or older, you’re eligible for Medicare benefits. You might also qualify if you’re younger but have a disability. Medicare comes with four parts, and each one covers different services.
Part A covers inpatient services like hospital or nursing home stays. It could also cover hospice and some in-home care services.
Part B covers medical services including doctor’s visits, outpatient care, medical supplies, and preventative services.
Part C is known as Medicare Advantage Plan, and private insurance companies cover Part A and B services while using their prescription coverages program.
Part D is an additional prescription plan for Original Medicare.
Allen County total Medicare spending costs steadily rose from 242 million in 2007 to 271 million in 2014.
70 is the average age of beneficiaries in Allen County.
More females (56.0%) than males (44%) use Medicare.
The most prevalent conditions for Medicare recipients in Allen County are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and coronary heart disease.
Inpatient care, outpatient care, and skilled nursing facilities are the top three services for Medicare spending.
Indiana is a part of Region 5 for Medicare, and the central office for that region is in Chicago. If you need help, you can also visit the local Social Security Office in Fort Wayne. They can help you apply for benefits, make an appeal, and get a Medicare card.
Fort Wayne Social Security Office
2122 Lincolnway Court
Fort Wayne, IN 46819
The office is near the Airport Expressway, and they are only open Monday through Friday. The hours are 9 am to 4 pm, but on Wednesdays, they close early at noon. If you can, call ahead for an appointment, so you don’t have to wait once you get there.
If you’re trying to find a provider or service that is Medicare-approved, you can use one of the many search tools. Physician Compare allows you to enter criteria to find doctors in Fort Wayne. For example, if you search for geriatric medicine there are at least five practitioners within 10 miles of Fort Wayne. You can change the search filters to find the type of doctor you need.
This tool also allows you to learn more about each physician or practice. If you click on the name, you can find office addresses, board certifications, all specialties, other doctors in the practice, and see what hospitals allow them privileges. You can also see which type of Medicare they accept and if it fits your needs.
Nursing Home Compare is similar but allows you to look at overall ratings for nursing homes in Fort Wayne. There are 40 facilities in a 25-mile radius and you can see how they stack up against each other. There are also tools to search in-home care, rehabilitation services, and more on Medicare.gov.
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