Medicare can be a huge help to provide necessary coverage for medical costs and health care to all those who qualify.If you haven’t enrolled yet and are still wondering what Medicare entails, then this guide should be a big help. In Bexar county, there are over 240,000 beneficiaries and most of them are around the age of 70. If you want to learn more about coverage, find doctors and hospitals in your area that are Medicare-approved, and know where in San Antonio to go for help, there are plenty of options.
Medicare is a federal health care plan made for those that are 65 or older as well as some younger people who have certain disabilities and patients with end-stage renal disease. There are four parts to Medicare, A, B, C, and D, and each one offers a different type of coverage.
Part A is hospital coverage and will take care of things like stays in a skilled nursing facility or in a hospital. It can also help with things like some types of home health care or hospice care.
Part B is medical coverage and will take care of things like your doctor visits, preventative measures you might take for your health, and outpatient services. If you have a condition that requires medical supplies this can also help.
Part C is called the Medicare Advantage Plan and is a health care plan provided by private companies that will cover Part A and B of Medicare while allowing you to choose what you need and offering their own prescription drug coverage.
Part D is additional prescription coverage for anyone who has original Medicare coverage.
The Bexar County government spends about $9,110 on each Medicare beneficiary which is 1.9% less than the national average.
There are more female Medicare patients (54.2%) as well as more Caucasian Medicare patients (53.2%) in Bexar County.
Most of Medicare spending goes to inpatient costs (34%) and about 11% goes to evaluation and management spending.
Bexar County spends about $486 per user on tests which is 51.7% higher than the national average.
Medicare beneficiaries in the county have higher than national rates of chronic kidney disease, Type 2 diabetes, and high cholesterol.
In San Antonio, all Medicare questions, concerns, and applications in person are handled by Social Security offices. There are a few different locations in the area that you can go to get in-person help with Medicare:
Social Security Administration 8020 Alamo Downs Pkwy. San Antonio, TX 78238 (800) 772-1213
Social Security Administration 4204 Woodcock Dr. #100 San Antonio, TX 78228 (210) 731-3301
San Antonio is also a part of region 6 when it comes to Medicare coverage and the regional office for this area is located in Dallas, Texas. You can reach this office by phone or email if necessary.
Office of the Regional Administrator 1301 Young St. Room 833 Dallas, TX 74202 (214) 767-6301
In order to get the most from your benefits, you need to make sure that you choose doctors and services that accept your Medicare. You can use the Physician Compare tool at Medicare.gov, in order to find the doctors in your area that accept Medicare. All you have to do is search for care, like geriatric medicine, and it will come back to show that, there are 22 professionals meeting that description within five miles of San Antonio.
This tool will also let you see where these doctors or services are located as well as what kind of Medicare they accept. You can also search for places like nursing homes, hospitals, and dialysis centers as well as health and drug plans, home health care options, and more with the other search tools on the website.
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