For many seniors, Medicare is the only way they can get health care coverage. In fact, about 75,000 citizens in Lucas County use Medicare, and most of them are the elderly. If you have questions about this coverage or need information for an elderly relative, you can find an answer online and at local offices. You can also search for providers and things like medical equipment all from the comfort of your home.
Medicare is a federal health care plan for seniors that are 65 and older as well as others with certain disabilities. Medicare comes in four parts, but you don’t have to use all parts if you don’t need them.
Part A is for inpatient services which include hospital stays, skilled nursing home facilities, hospice care, and possibly home health care services.
Part B is for medical services that include outpatient care, doctor’s appointments, any preventative services, and medical equipment.
Part C is often called the Medicare Advantage Plan. This plan allows private insurance companies to cover all Part A and B services and offer their own prescription coverage.
Part D is Medicare’s prescription coverage, and you can add it to Part A and B.
On average, the age of Medicare users in Lucas County is 68.
More women than men use Medicare at 53.1% to 46.9%.
The rates for depression, COPD, and arthritis are higher among Medicare users in Lucas County than national rates.
Medicare uses more money for inpatient care than any other service, and it is the most used service in the county.
Per capita costs in the county are at $10,685, which is higher than the national per capita cost of $9,501.
Ohio is part of Region 5 for Medicare, and the regional office is in Chicago. You can find services online and locally, which are easier to access. In Toledo, the central office is part of the Social Security Administration Office. Here you can apply for Medicare benefits, ask questions, and get a new Medicare card if needed.
Toledo Social Security Office
4906 Monroe Street
Toledo, OH 43623
You can find the office across from the Franklin Park Mall next to the Burger King. Their offices are only open Monday through Friday and the hours are 9 am to 4 pm, but on Wednesday they are only open until noon. You can also get help by calling the national line at (800) 772-1213.
There are plenty of search tools online that allow you to find what you need in your area. Physicians Compare helps you find different providers in the Toledo area. When searching for geriatric medicine within a 10-mile radius, there are over 20 practitioners and group practices that accept Medicare. You can narrow your search to particular specialties as needed.
If you click on the name of any doctor in the search tool, you can see where their office is and learn if they have any hospital privileges nearby. You can also see what type of Medicare they accept and their area of expertise. Currently, Medicare only offers this information for group practices but will have more options in the future.
Medicare-approved nursing homes are easy to search too with the Nursing Home Compare tool. There are 50 facilities in the area, and you can see their overall ratings and more valuable information to make a better decision as you search. Medicare.gov also offers searches for rehabilitation facilities, dialysis centers, medical equipment, and home health services.
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