The past couple of weeks we have discussed Medicare Parts A & B in detail. These are the two parts of Medicare that are received through the federal government. This week let’s review what we have discussed.
Although Medicare Part A and Part B are great programs that cover a lot of services there are some things Medicare does not cover. They include most dental care, eye exams related to prescribing glasses, dentures, acupuncture and hearing aids.
Medicare Part A is primarily used to cover your inpatient care. Part A has a $1,364 deductible for each benefit period, meaning the deductible can be applied more than once in a calendar year. This deductible covers hospital services, including semi-private rooms, meals, general nursing, drugs as part of your inpatient treatment, and other hospital services and supplies. Part A is “free” to most Medicare beneficiaries. “Free” meaning you may not have to pay Medicare to have Part A. It does not excuse the deductibles and co-insurance.
In most cases Part B is used to cover your outpatient services. These include visits to your primary care physician and/or specialist. It also may cover transportation by ambulance, durable medical equipment, preventive services and mental health treatment. Part B also entitles you to an annual “Wellness” visit to a qualified provider. Most Medicare beneficiaries joining Medicare Part B for the first time in 2019 pay a monthly premium to Medicare of $135.50. Part B has an annual deductible of $185 and a coinsurance the beneficiary pays of 20%, after the deductible is met.
To cover the deductibles and coinsurance that Part A and Part B have you would need to look at some type of supplemental policy sold through private insurance companies. These include Medicare supplement plans or Medicare Advantage Plans. If you want to study Part A or Part B in more detail you can look at previous Medicare Minute articles or give our office a call and we’ll be glad to discuss this with you.
If you have questions regarding any aspect of Medicare or Medicare health plans feel free call us at Alabama Health Guidance (256-648-5710), stop by our office at 885 Florence Blvd (Four Lane Shopping Center) or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.