A large portion of Medicare spending is used for inpatient care. The federal insurance enables seniors age 65 and over, as well as residents with certain disabilities, to receive medical care. There are several resources available in Fort Worth and throughout Tarrant County to assist you in finding providers, enrolling in Medicare, and learning more about the plans.
Medicare consists of four distinct parts – A, B, C, and D.
Part A is the hospital insurance that is available at no charge to seniors that have worked and paid into the Social Security tax for at least 40 quarters (10 years). This part covers hospitalization, skilled nursing, home health, and hospice care. Part B is the medical insurance that covers doctor appointments, annual check-ups and preventative care, x-rays and lab tests, ambulance services, and durable medical equipment. Part C is the usage of HMOs and PPOs. Part D is the outpatient prescription drug coverage.
In 2014, there were 212,526 Medicare beneficiaries in Tarrant County. The total Medicare cost for Tarrant County in 2014 was $1.39 billion. 71 is the average age of Medicare beneficiaries in the county. 32 percent of the Medicare spending for the county pays for inpatient care. 10 percent of the Medicare spending for the county pays for home healthcare. 8 percent of the Medicare spending for the county pays for skilled nursing care. The total number of Medicare beneficiaries in Texas in 2014 was 3.39 million. The total Medicare cost for the state was $24 billion in 2014.
The nearest Medicare regional hub is located in Dallas, however you can visit your local Social Security Administration (SSA) office to enroll, complete forms, and report a lost or damaged card. The toll-free phone number for the SSA is 1-800-772-1213. The majority of offices are open Monday through Friday from 9AM to 4PM with the exception of closing at noon on Wednesdays. You find a sample of local offices below. The SSA phone number can point you in the direction of more offices in the Fort Worth and Tarrant County area.
Fort Worth Social Security Office 819 Taylor Street, Room 1-A-07 Federal Building Fort Worth, TX 76102
Fort Worth Social Security Office 2901 Altamesa Blvd Fort Worth, TX 76133
Medicare provides its own online resources to help you enroll in the federal insurance, change plans, manage claims, and answer questions. You can do all of this and more at MyMedicare.gov. You can also listen to prerecorded informative messages and get assistance by calling 1-800-MEDICARE.
Finding Medicare providers are easier today than ever before with new online tools. Medicare.gov has created the Physician Compare tool so you can search within a particular area for a provider and see if they accept Medicare. When you search for “family practice” providers in Fort Worth, you will learn there are 67 healthcare providers within one mile of the city. You can expand your search to include all of Tarrant County or another area of Texas.
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