If you are eligible for Medicare support, you may be wondering what your coverage options are. Hop online or visit your nearest Center for Medicare & Medicaid services (CMS) to find out more about the benefits that are available to you and your loved ones.
Medicare is a federal insurance program that offers a variety of coverage options to eligible individuals, helping disabled adults and seniors over the age of 65 to pay for everything from hospital visits to prescription medications. The program is divided into four parts, including:
Part A (Hospital Insurance), which covers inpatient care, hospital stays, nursing home visits and some limited home health services.
Part B (Medical Insurance), which covers doctor’s visits, medical supplies, lab tests, preventative services and outpatient care.
Part C (Medicare Advantage Plans), which includes several private health insurance plans that have been approved by the Medicare program to provide patients with Part A & Part B benefits.
Part D (Prescription Drug Coverage), which allows Medicare beneficiaries to add prescription medications to their plan.
77,748 Knox County residents qualified for Medicare in 2014. The average age of Medicare beneficiaries in Knox County was 71 in 2014. One-third, or 33%, of Medicare spending in Knox County goes towards inpatient care. Knox County spends 9% of Medicare funding on skilled nursing care and 5% on in-home care.
The CMS Region 4 Office in Atlanta, Georgia, serves the residents of Tennessee along with Medicare beneficiaries living in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina. The office provides assistance, guidance and education to both new and established Medicare members and can be found at:
Atlanta Region 4 Office Atlanta Federal Center 61 Forsyth Street, SW, Suite 4T20 Atlanta, Georgia 30303-8909 (214) 767-6423
The Atlanta Federal Center also houses the regional Social Security office, where local Medicare beneficiaries can replace a lost or stolen card. The complex is close to public transportation, including the Five Points stop of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit system. You can also travel to the nearby Alabama Street & Forsyth Street bus stop by taking the 13, the 49, the 74 or the 155 bus line.
The Medicare program makes it easy for beneficiaries to find a care provider in their area. Patients can call or email their closest regional office, or they can use online resources to search for physicians, nursing homes, home health services, and more. Beneficiaries can find and compare local health centers and medical practices based on factors such as inspection results, performance ratings and customer experience surveys.
Knoxville area seniors can choose from more than 170 Medicare-certified family practice doctors and 4 geriatric medicine specialists located within 15 miles of the city. Those who need long-term care services can find 25 nursing homes and 17 home health agencies that accept Medicare patients. If you are a Medicare beneficiary who is looking for quality care in Knoxville, take a minute to hop online and compare the best Medicare-approved health services in your area.
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