In Multnomah County, home to Portland, Oregon, more than 100,000 people are currently Medicare beneficiaries. The average age is about 69, so chances are great that you have at least heard about Medicare if you aren’t already enrolled. If you or a loved one needs to apply for Medicare but you aren’t sure where to turn, there are plenty of places you can go here in Portland as well as online. It’s fairly simple to apply for benefits, search for medical care, and get the most from all of your benefits.
If you are 65 or older, then you are eligible for Medicare benefits. You might also be able to get benefits if you are younger but have a disability. Medicare is a federal health plan that has four parts, each offering a different type of health coverage.
Part A is for hospital coverage. It will cover things like a stay in the hospital or a skilled nursing facility if necessary and it can help with the costs of home health care and hospice care.
Part B is for medical coverage. It will cover things like visits to the doctor and outpatient or preventative services. It can also help with medical supplies if they are needed.
Part C is Medicare Advantage Plan. You can get Part A and B covered by a private company while customizing your care to fit your needs and getting the company's prescription drug coverage.
Part D is additional prescription coverage. If you have an original Medicare plan, you can add this to Part A and B coverage.
$336 million was spent on Medicare in Multnomah County with about 41,557 fee-for-service beneficiaries.
$8,079 is spent on each beneficiary in the county compared to the $9,501 national average.
The county’s hospital readmission rate is about .12% higher than the national average but they have 30 fewer emergency room visits.
36.8% of beneficiaries have high blood pressure and 27.3% have high cholesterol.
Inpatient care costs use almost half (42%) of Medicare spending in the county.
In Portland, Social Security takes care of most Medicare problems so you can go to any one of their offices to get help with questions, concerns, or your application. Social Security Administration 17925 SE Division St. Portland, OR 97236 (800) 772-1213
Social Security Office 1538 SW Yamhill St. Portland, OR 97205
There is a regional office located in Seattle, Washington that you can contact by phone or email if necessary. You can also find help with Medicare through Family Care Health Inc. ,located in Portland or through the state of Oregon’s website. Medicare.gov and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are also helpful resources.
In order to use your Medicare benefits, you have to use doctors and services that accept Medicare. You can easily find these providers through Medicare’s Physician Compare tool. Simply enter your zip code and the type of care you’re looking for. For example, you are looking for geriatric medicine, it will come back with a list of professionals in the area that meet those criteria.
You can further compare each doctor on the list by clicking on their name. This allows you to see their location, education, where they provide services, and what kind of Medicare they accept. You can even use this kind of search tool for other health care needs like nursing homes or dialysis centers.
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