Health care costs are continually rising, and retired seniors might find it difficult to cover all their expenses. Medicare can help with those costs, and more seniors rely on it each year. In Lubbock County, there are almost 40,000 beneficiaries, and seniors make up most of that population. If you or a loved one have questions about Medicare, online and local resources can help you learn more.
If you’re not sure what Medicare is or covers, here’s a brief description. Medicare is a federally funded plan for adults 65 and older as well as some individuals with disabilities. Four parts cover various health needs:
Part A covers hospitals, nursing homes, hospice care, and some in-home health care services.
Part B covers medical appointments, preventatives services, outpatient care, and medical supplies if needed.
Part C or the Medicare Advantage Plan lets your private insurance company cover Part A and B services while offering their prescription coverage.
Part D is an add-on prescription service for Original Medicare.
Medicare recipients in Lubbock County are an average of 71 years old.
Lubbock spent a total of $279 million on Medicare in 2014 with a per capita cost of $10,392.
55.2% of women in the county use Medicare while 44.8% of men use it.
Inpatient care, outpatient care, and home health care are the top three services Medicare funding provides.
Lubbock County has higher rates of coronary heart disease, heart failure, and arthritis than national rates.
Each state has a region, decided by the Center for Medicare Services. Texas is in Region 6, and its office is in Dallas. You can also find offices here in Lubbock for Medicare assistance. The local Social Security Office can assist with applying for benefits, making an appeal, and getting a new card.
Lubbock Social Security Office
5825 16th Street
Lubbock, TX 79416
The 19 bus stops right by the office, and it’s also near 289. Most days the hours for the office are 9 am to 4 pm, but they close at noon on Wednesdays. They are also closed Saturday and Sunday. If you can, try to make an appointment, so you don’t have to wait once you arrive.
If you’re searching for a provider or service that accepts Medicare, you can use a few free tools to make it easier. Physician Compare allows you to search for specific criteria and find doctors and practices near you. A search for geriatric medicine comes back with 15 results in a 10-mile radius. You can change the filters on the search and widen it to other specialties or narrow it and look at practices that only use fee-for-service patients.
Click on the name on this list, and you can find more information about the doctor or group. There are addresses for offices, records of hospital privileges, board certifications, and more on each physician.
Nursing Home Compare does the same thing as Physician Compare but with nursing facilities in your area. In a 25-mile radius in Lubbock, there are 15 nursing homes. You can see each one’s overall rating and look at health inspections. Find more searches for things like in-home care, rehabilitation services, and medical supplies on Medicare.gov.
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