As life expectancy continues to rise, more Baby Boomers are finding themselves eligible for Medicare. The average age of Medicare beneficiaries on Henrico County is 74. However, even with millions of seniors using the federal insurance in Virginia, finding resources for general information and forms can be difficult. Richmond provides its residents with Medicare providers and agencies to assist you.
Parts A, B, C, and D make up Medicare: Part A is your hospital insurance and covers hospitalizations, home health care, skilled nursing care, and hospice. You are not charged a monthly premium if you worked and paid Social Security taxes for 40 calendar quarters (10 years).
Part B is your medical insurance and covers your appointments, lab tests, x-rays, ambulance services, and durable medical equipment.
Part C includes HMOs and PPOs that are included in the Medicare Advantage Plans.
Part D is your prescription drug insurance that covers medication at outpatient, specialty, and retail pharmacies.
There were 30,927 Medicare beneficiaries in Henrico County in 2014.
The total Medicare costs for Henrico County in 2014 was $206 million.
The average age for a Medicare beneficiary in the county is 74.
Henrico County’s Medicare spending allots 37 percent to covering inpatient care.
9 percent of the county’s Medicare spending pays for skilled nursing care.
6 percent of the county’s Medicare spending covers home health care.
There were 1.25 million Medicare beneficiaries in Virginia in 2014.
The total Medicare cost for the State of Virginia was $8.13 billion in 2014.
There is not an exclusive Medicare office in Virginia. Across the country, you can find designated regional hubs. However, other federal agencies do allow you to conduct Medicare business in their facilities. The Social Security Administration (SSA) office is one of these agencies. The SSA has several local offices in Henrico County that you can visit if you prefer to speak face-to-face with a representative. Most offices are open until 4PM during the week and until 12PM on Wednesdays.
You can call the toll-free phone number at 1-800-772-1213 to locate more SSA offices near you. Richmond Social Security Office 1834 West Cary Street Richmond, VA 23220
You can access the provided resources from Medicare online. At MyMedicare.gov, you can create an account to enroll for Medicare, change plans, file claims, or to get general information. The toll-free phone number 1-800-MEDICARE can assist you with answering any general questions you may have about the federal insurance.
Using online tools makes finding Medicare providers easier and quicker. The Medicare.gov Physician Compare search tool uses a database of physicians and other health care providers across the country. You can search a specific zip code, city, or state. The Physician Compare resource displays the contact information and Medicare acceptance status of each provider.
You can search for various types of providers in Richmond; for example, there are 24 family practice providers within one mile of Richmond. You can also search by name, condition, or specialty. You can expand the search to cover Henrico County or specific areas in Virginia.
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