Are you or a loved one a Medicare beneficiary in Maricopa County? If so, you are one of the 559,206 Maricopa County residents who are Medicare beneficiaries. Did you know that there are several resources to assist you with questions and enrollment? These resources will give you information on finding a Medicare-certified doctor, hospital, other health care, enrollment, and coverage questions.
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 a type of Medicare health plan offered by a private company that 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.
The average age of Medicare recipients in Maricopa County was 72.
The most common Medicare beneficiary condition was Chronic Kidney Disease, which is 1.8 percent higher than the national average.
Total Medicare spending in Maricopa County was $2.73 Billion.
Medicare spending increased 3.13 percent from 2013 to 2014.
Most of the Maricopa County Medicare spending went to inpatient services (31 percent).
If you want to enroll for Medicare in person versus applying online, you can apply for Medicare in person at the Social Security office in Mesa. The building is located at:
702 W Jerome Ave Mesa, AZ 85210
The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides objective information about Medicare and other health insurance benefits to seniors, those with disabilities, and caregivers. Trained SHIP Counselors will assist you with your Medicare questions with personal counseling. This free service is available to you at local locations. Mesa has two locations at Red Mountain Multigenerational Center and Mesa Senior Center.
Medicare’s website offers an online Physician Compare service to help you find Mesa-area doctors are already approved by Medicare. You can also see which doctors accept the Medicare fee. This means you will not have to pay anything in addition to the Medicare payment for service. A quick search for geriatric specialty doctors finds 26 doctors within 15 miles of Mesa. There are several more options if you search for a general or family doctor. These are all group practices at this time.
You can learn where the doctor is located, contact information, hospital affiliation, and how long he or she has been in practice.
Medicare’s website provides similar tools to find nursing homes in Mesa and other health care services including home care, drug plans, medical supplies, dialysis facilities, and hospitals. You can also read reviews on these facilities.
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