Close to 18% of Pima County residents are on Medicare. That’s over 183,000 people in the county, most of which are seniors over the age of 65. If you have questions about the program for yourself or a loved one, you’ll find several options in Tucson that can help you get answers. There is face-to-face and online assistance available that provide information about the program, helps you access your benefits, and can connect you with doctors, nursing homes, or hospitals that accept the insurance in the area.
The Medicare program is available to seniors in the country over the age of 65, and some younger adults who have been diagnosed with one of just a few qualifying medical conditions. The federal insurance program is comprised of four main parts that offer complete coverage: Parts A, B, C, and D. Part A provides insurance coverage for hospital care, home health and skilled nursing care in specific circumstances, and care provided by hospice. Part B provides insurance coverage for visits to the doctor, select outpatient and rehabilitation services, medical equipment and devices, x-rays, lab tests, and mental healthcare. Part C is an optional coverage option offered through a private insurance company who has received Medicare approval for their plan, called Medicare Advantage (MA). All MA plans must cover all of the services that Parts A and B provide, and many will offer additional benefits like dental, vision, or prescription coverage. Part D is another optional coverage for anyone with Parts A and B that provides coverage for prescription drugs.
183,450 residents of Pima County were on Medicare in 2014.
72 years was how old the average Medicare recipient was in Pima County in 2014.
Of the total dollars spent on Medicare claims in 2014 in Pima County, 34% were on inpatient care.
Of the total dollars spent on Medicare claims in 2014 in Pima County, four percent were on home healthcare.
Of the total dollars spent on Medicare claims in 2014 in Pima County, five percent were on skilled nursing care.
Seniors who need in-person assistance with understanding their Medicare benefits or who have questions about the plan should visit the area Social Security Administration office located at: Address: 3808 N 1st Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719 Phone: (800) 772-1213
You can search by your zip code here to find the Social Security office that is closest to you.
Another great resource in the area is the Pima Council on Aging. They offer resources to seniors in the area and can help in person at:
8467 E Broadway Blvd. Tucson, AZ 85710
You can also call their helpline at (520) 790-7262 for assistance.
Online, Medicare has a website that’s full of easy to use tools to help you find providers in your area. If you’re searching for a physician, you can select a number of different criteria like location and specialty, and pull up results for doctors in your area who both accept Medicare and have agreed to Medicare appointment. When you visit a doctor who has agreed to Medicare appointment, you won’t pay any additional fees on top of your normal deductible and coinsurance. If the doctor doesn’t accept appointment, you may be charged an additional amount for your visit.
You can use the search tool to do research on each doctor to determine if they accept appointment, their office location and hours, and see if your preferred hospital is one where they have privileges. You can select more than one physician in the same practice to compare side-by-side, and eventually the tool will offer this capability to compare doctors from different practices as well.
In addition to finding doctors, you can also search for nursing homes, or use the sites other tools to find providers who are Medicare-friendly and offer home healthcare, dialysis, or supply medical equipment in the Tucson area.
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