Thousands of seniors rely on Medicare in Kentucky, however finding an office or an online resource for assistance can be difficult. Louisville and Jefferson County provide resources including offices, agencies, and online tools you can use to learn more, enroll, and change plans.
The Medicare parts are referred to as Parts A, B, C, and D.
Part A – This hospital insurance coverage takes care of any medically necessary hospitalizations. These services include skilled nursing, home healthcare, and hospice. Part B – This medical insurance covers physician appointments, preventative care, outpatient services, ambulance services, and mental healthcare. Part C – Part C allows private insurance companies to provide their services to you. Part D – This prescription drug coverage is through a third party and charges a copay at the pharmacy. The cost of the monthly premium and copays will vary depending on the insurance company.
In 2014, there were 827,848 Medicare beneficiaries in Kentucky. The total Medicare costs for Kentucky was $5.26 billion in 2014. In 2014, there were 133,840 Medicare beneficiaries in Jefferson County. The total Medicare cost for the county was $850 million in 2014. The average age for Medicare beneficiaries in Jefferson County is 71. 39 percent of the total Medicare spending in Jefferson County is attributed to inpatient care. 10 percent of the Medicare spending for the county is attributed to skilled nursing care. 5 percent of the Medicare spending for the county is attributed to home healthcare.
With only 10 Medicare regional hubs in the country, visiting an office will require you to go to your local Social Security Administration (SSA) office. The SSA can help you with enrollment forms, replace your lost card, and make changes to Medicare Parts A and B. You can call the SSA’s toll-free phone number (1-800-772-1213) to locate other offices in the area and throughout Jefferson County.
Louisville Social Security Office 601 W. Broadway, Room 101 Louisville, KY 40202
Louisville Social Security Office 10503 Timberwood Circle Louisville, KY 40223
Office Hours for both are the same: Monday – Friday 9AM to 4PM and Wednesdays 9AM to 12PM
The Medicare website and its personalized website MyMedicare.gov can answer many of your questions, allow you to enroll online, replace cards, and manage claims. You can also call the toll-free phone number for assistance at 1-800-MEDICARE.
If you are looking for an online database of Medicare providers that is easy to use, you can try the Physician Compare tool on Medicare.gov. The database allows you to enter your search criteria (city, state, zip code, and type of provider) and gives you list of providers within a few miles of your location. The tool also shows you whether or not the provider accepts Medicare. In Louisville, there are 23 family practice providers and 10 healthcare providers that specialize in geriatric medicine.
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