More than 250,000 Dallas County residents are Medicare beneficiaries. If this is you or your loved one, you may have questions. There are a variety of websites and local resources that can help you find Medicare-covered doctors, long-term care facilities, hospitals, and clinics along with information on enrollment and Medicare coverage.
The federal government offers and manages this health insurance program. It is available to Americans over the age of 65 and to younger people with disabilities and other health conditions. There are 4 separate parts that have different coverage.
Part A: It covers inpatient hospital stays, skilled nursing facilities, hospice care, and some home health care options.
Part B: It covers items similar to other health insurance including doctor’s visits and services, outpatient care, medical supplies, and well checks.
Part C: A private company contracts with Medicare to provide you with additional optional Part A and Part B benefits (Medicare Advantage) and usually offers prescription coverage.
Part D: This allows you to add prescription drug coverage.
Medicare spending in Dallas County in 2014 totaled $2.25 billion.
There were 286,077 Medicare recipients in Dallas County in 2014.
The most common health condition among beneficiaries in Dallas County is high blood pressure at 57.9 percent, which is 2.8 percent higher than the national average.
Nearly 29 percent of Medicare spending in Dallas County goes to inpatient care.
Eleven percent of Medicare spending in Dallas County goes to home health 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, which makes it easier for you to address both agencies in person if you want to apply for benefits, check on a claim, 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. With a more unbiased approach, they give you individualized information. They offer Medicare training throughout the year and also offer a benefits counseling program.
Medicare offers an online Physician locator and compares tool. With a quick search, there are 55 geriatric physicians within 15 miles of Irving. 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.
There is a similar function to find Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing homes near Irving on Medicare’s website. You can also see various reviews on staff, health inspections, and quality measures.
You can also find other health care services, hospitals, clinics, and dialysis facilities on Medicare’s website.
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