More than 250,000 Dallas County residents are Medicare beneficiaries. There are local and online resources to assist you and your loved one with questions about enrolling and coverage. You can also use these sources for help finding doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, home health care, and medical suppliers that participate in Medicare.
Medicare is the federal health insurance program for Americans who are 65 or older, people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease. Medicare is divided into four parts:
Part A covers inpatient hospital services, skilled nursing facilities, hospice care, and some home health care options.
Part B covers items similar to other health insurance including doctor’s appointments, outpatient care, medical supplies, and well visits.
Part C is offered by a private company and contracts with Medicare for your Part A and Part B benefits. This is a Medicare Advantage plan that provides additional coverage. Most Medicare services are covered through the plan and aren’t paid for under the original Medicare.
Part D gives you the option to add prescription drug coverage.
There were 286,077 Medicare recipients in Dallas County in 2014, which equals 117 participants per 1,000 residents.
The average age of Dallas County Medicare beneficiaries in 2014 was 71.
Total spending in Dallas County for Medicare in 2014 was $2.25 billion, which is an increase of 2.34 percent from 2013.
Around 29 percent of Medicare spending in Dallas County goes to inpatient care.
As with Social Security, nearby Dallas is a regional hub for Medicare administration. The Region 6 Medicare Office is located in the same building as the regional SSA offices. This gives you the opportunity to communicate with both agencies in person in one visit to apply for benefits, check on a claim, make an appeal, or request replacement cards. The office is located at:
1301 Young Street, Room 714 Dallas, TX 75202
You can also contact the Dallas Area Agency on Aging for some assistance on Medicare. They offer Medicare training and offer a benefits counseling program.
You can find Garland-area doctors with Medicare’s online Physician Compare tool. With a quick search, there are 50 geriatric specializing physicians within 15 miles of Garland. You can also broaden your search to just family or general practice doctors. In addition, you can search for doctors who accept the Medicare payment, so you do not have to pay additional fees.
This website provides you with the doctor’s names, location, contact, hospital affiliations, and what Medicare payments they accept.
Medicare’s website lets you search for and compare nursing homes in and around Garland. This tool also allows you to view ratings for each facility on inspections, staff, care quality, and a general rating. If you are looking for home health services, medical equipment supplier, drug and health plans, hospitals, or dialysis facilities, there is a tool for all on Medicare’s website.
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