Now that you’ve become applicable for Medicare, you might feel a little overwhelmed at all the options you have. Before you choose out of all the options, it is necessary that you know what each Part of Medicare has to offer. Evaluate each plan in light of your medical requirements and you will be able to make a smart decision about what coverage you need.
Medicare Part B
Medicare Part B offers coverage for out-patient services, like visiting a consulting physician, medical prescriptions and many more. For a clearer idea, Part A offers coverage for hospital care while Part B covers cost for out-patient care.
Medicare Part B in specific covers the following expenses:
- Ambulance Services
- Durable Medical Equipment
- Mental healthcare
- Some prescription drugs
When deciding on whether you should sign up for Medicare Part B, you should ask yourself the following questions:
Will I need Outpatient Care?
It’s a safer option to consider Part A, since hospital care can be a huge cost to bear. Since there is no telling when anyone’s health might start deteriorating, it’s better to be safe than sorry. However, Part B is usually advised for people who might need to regularly consult their physicians for their conditions.
If you wish to be prepared for such a condition or if you have contracted a condition that requires regular doctor visits, you should sign up for Part B. If you feel that you won’t get such an illness, then you probably shouldn’t sign up.
What does Part B Cost?
This is one of the primary concerns for many people. While it is a huge relief to sign up for Medicare Part B, it is also a major financial consideration. The premium and coinsurance payments might still prove to be a financial strain that many people do away with.
Depending on what income tax bracket you were in as of 2017, you might have to pay premiums between $135.50 and $460.50. If you find that you cannot cover these costs, than you might want to consider a Medigap policy or do away with the Part B altogether.
Is your Physician Enrolled in Medicare?
Medicare only applies to physicians who can enroll in Medicare. The rates set out by Medicare do not apply to non-enrolled doctors. Although doctors are still restricted to charge at most up to 15% over the Medicare approved prices, if your physician is not enrolled then there might be no point in you getting Part B.
The decision to enroll in Medicare Part B or any other Medicare policy depends on your overall financial plans. Weigh your Medicare options in light of your financial conditions and medical requirements to make the decision. Given the extensive range of options that Medicare extends, you can choose Medicare Plans that significantly reduce your financial burdens.
Seniors for Medicare has been serving senior citizens in New York and New Jersey for many years. We offer advice to Medicare recipients on how to create the ideal Medicare plans for themselves based on their financial and medical requirements. Call us for an appointment with our consultants or for more information on our services today!