Medicare has become a way of life to many California seniors, but sometimes the complexity of the federal insurance can be confusing. Sacramento offers resources, both online and off, to help you navigate Medicare coverage and your retirement years.
Medicare consists of four parts: Parts A, B, C, and D.
Part A – This portion of Medicare covers hospitalization, including skilled nursing care, home health, and hospice.
Part B – Part B is your medical insurance and covers your appointments, durable medical equipment, outpatient services, lab tests, x-rays, ambulance service, and mental health care.
Part C – Part C is the section of Medicare that gives private insurance companies permission to provide you with services.
Part D – This is your outpatient prescription drug coverage. Part D is available through third party insurance companies.
There were 5.11 million Medicare beneficiaries in California in 2014.
The total Medicare costs in 2014 were $28.6 billion in California .
In 2014, there were 203,376 Medicare beneficiaries in Sacramento County.
The total Medicare spending in 2014 for the county was $958 million .
45 percent of Sacramento County’s Medicare spending goes towards inpatient care.
9 percent accounts for the county’s Medicare spending for skilled nursing care.
4 percent of the county’s Medicare spending pays for home health care.
The average age for a Sacramento County Medicare beneficiary is 69.
Medicare.gov and MyMedicare.gov can provide you with a wealth of information and forms. You can create an account with MyMedicare.gov to manage your claims and get your Medicare Summary Notices electronically. If you would prefer to speak to a representative or listen to an informative recording, you can call 1-800-MEDICARE for assistance.
Across the country, there are only 10 Medicare regional hub offices. The closest regional office to Sacramento is located in San Francisco, however you can get Medicare assistance at your local Social Security Administration (SSA) office. The following is the local SSA office in Sacramento. You can call the SSA toll-free phone number at 1-800-772-1213 to find more offices throughout Sacramento County.
Sacramento Social Security Administration Office 8581 Folsom Blvd, Suite A Sacramento, CA 95826 Office hours Monday through Friday 9AM to 4PM (Wednesdays 9AM to 12PM)
You can find help online with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in California. The site offers Medicare enrollment and claims forms, information about fee-for-service, and coordination of benefits and recovery.
To bypass high out-of-pocket costs, you will want to make sure your physician or family practice accepts Medicare. Medicare developed a tool to help you locate health care providers in Sacramento and throughout the county, as well as California. The Physician Compare search tool is easy to use. Simply input your address, city, or zip code and use the drop-down menu to choose a specific type of provider. The search tool currently shows the name and contact information for health care providers. There are 210 family practice providers and 10 providers specializing in geriatric care in Sacramento, however you can expand the search statewide.
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