Your Burning Questions for Medicare Answered

Friday, 06 November 2015 12: 07
Written by Joni B. Bailey

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As enrollment grows, so does our understanding of Medicare. At Bailey Law Firm, we know there are questions that just need answering so we've compiled a list for you to better understand your coverage. Much thanks to for these answers.

Your Medicare coverage

Find out if your test, item, or service is covered. This page includes a link to a list of covered services for people with Medicare, a family member or caregiver. There's also a link to covered services for Medicare contractors, providers or other healthcare industry professionals (includes ability to search by CPT/HCPCS code).

Your Medicare coverage choices

There are 2 main ways to get your Medicare coverage — Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C). Use these steps to help you decide which way you want to get your coverage. Before you make a decision, you can get local, personalized Medicare counseling from the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP).

What Part A covers

Read about what Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) covers, including inpatient care at a hospital, skilled nursing facility (SNF), and hospice. Part A also covers services like lab tests, surgery, doctor visits, and home health care.

What Part B covers

Learn about what Medicare Part B (medical insurance) covers, including doctor and other health care providers' services, outpatient care, durable medical equipment, home health care, and some preventive services.

What drug plans cover

Learn what Medicare drug plans cover, including information about a drug formulary and tiers.

What Medicare health plans cover

Learn about Medicare health plans, which provide Part A and Part B benefits to people with Medicare. The plans include Medicare Advantage, Medicare Medical Savings Account (MSA), and Medicare Cost plans, and Demonstration/Pilot Programs, Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), and Medication Therapy Management (MTM) programs for complex health needs.

Preventive & screening services

Learn which preventive and screening services Medicare covers to keep you healthy and find problems early, when treatment is most effective.

Get medical care & prescription drugs in disaster or emergency areas

Learn how to get Medicare-provided medical care and prescription drugs in disaster or emergency areas. Read about how to replace a lost card, and lost or damaged equipment or supplies in disasters or emergencies.

Find suppliers of medical equipment & supplies

Get information about suppliers of durable medical equipment, prostheses and prosthetic devices, and orthotics.

Find & compare doctors, hospitals, & other providers

Find and compare hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, medical item suppliers, health care providers, health and drug plans, and dialysis facilities. Learn about how to choose providers and plans.

What's not covered by Part A & Part B?

Learn about what items and services Medicare Part A and Part B doesn't cover. You'll have to pay for the items and services yourself unless you have other insurance or you're in a Medicare health plan that covers them.

When can I enroll?
Medicare Open Enrollment is from now until December 7, you can sign up here.

Remember, all of your questions can be answered via the website. If you or someone you know needs help, please don't hesitate to contact the Law Office of Joni Beth Bailey.

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