Medicare might be applicable to you if you are 65 or older, suffer from end-stage Renal Disease (kidney failure) or are disabled under the age of 65. In addition to Medicare Part A (hospital coverage), Medicare Part B plays an important role in your health benefits.
What is Medicare Part B
Medicare Part B is an additional part of your Medicare benefits plan. Whereas some individuals automatically get enrolled in Part B, others might have to specifically sign up for it. Individuals who are already enrolled in Social Security or Railroad Retirement Board automatically get signed up for both Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B coverage. Medicare allows you to postpone or even cancel Part B coverage if you choose not to receive these benefits. Some may do this because they choose to continue to work and remain on their Employer Group Benefit Plan.
Medicare Part B Deductible
For 2016: Your Medicare Part B deductible is $166.00. In addition, the coinsurance that you will be expected to pay will be 20% of Medicare eligible charges. There is no cap on the amount of expenses that you can incur.
What does Medicare Part B Cover
Original Medicare Part A serves as the hospital portion of coverage and Original Medicare Part B provides coverage for medical services such as visits to the doctor or outpatient care. Some examples of covered expenses in a Original Medicare Part B include:
Preventative tests and screenings for various illnesses such as glaucoma, cardiovascular disease, prostate cancer, colon cancer, HIV and diabetes
Lab analysis for blood and urine testing
Flu and Hepatitis B shots
Mammograms, pap tests and pelvic exams
Limited home health services such as occupational therapy, oxygen equipment and speech language pathology
Ambulance services if necessary
Medicare Part B Premiums
Unlike Original Medicare Part A, individuals typically pay a premium for Original Medicare Part B. Typically it is deducted from your Social Security or retirement funds. This premium is based on various factors including your income and how you file taxes. Most people pay the Part B premium of $104.90 each month in 2015, and 121.80 in 2016, with higher premiums for individuals with larger annual incomes. The higher amount is referred to as the Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA). Additionally, Medicare Part B benefits usually begin after you pay a deductible and/or co-payment for services rendered. The deductible for 2016 is $166.
Florida Medicare Supplements
The first step in making sure that the gaps in Medicare are filled and you have a good understanding of what is available to you. There are basically three ways to accomplish this.
Clients tell us that trying to figure out what direction to take can often feel like going through a maze. That is where we come in. We know that Medicare is not one size fits all. We can simplify things by asking you a some questions and providing you with the necessary information you need to make an informed decision about what is right for you. We offer a truly unbiased approach and practical solutions to help you find a plan that will most suit your needs and budget.
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