What Health Care Services Does Medicare Cover For Seniors?
Turning 65 comes with some fun perks, like getting discounts at your favorite restaurants and skipping long lines! Another fantastic benefit of being a senior citizen is Medicare. Under the Medicare plan, most men and women 65 years and older are eligible to receive coverage for a wide variety of essential health care services. The acclaimed team of board-certified physicians and medical staff at Health Services of North Texas is proud to offer comprehensive senior care for patients with Medicare in Plano, Denton, and Wylie, TX. Learn more about Medicare benefits for seniors, including what services are covered under Medicare and when you may be eligible to apply.
What is Medicare?
Medicare is a federal healthcare program that covers a long list of important services for patients over 65 years of age. Additionally, patients with certain conditions – such as end-stage renal disease – may qualify for Medicare before the age of 65.
What does Medicare cover?
The specific services covered under your Medicare plan may vary based on a number of factors, including which part(s) you qualify for. Under the multiple parts of Medicare (Part A, Part B, etc.), seniors may receive coverage for the following:
- • Preventive screenings for cancers, cardiovascular disease, and more
- • Lab tests
- • Imaging studies
- • Vaccines and immunizations
- • Yearly well visits
- • Prescription drugs
- • Urgent care
- • Hospital care
- • Outpatient care
- • Home healthcare services
- • Hospice care
- • Medical equipment and supplies
Our caring team of physicians understands the unique needs of senior care and is committed to offering personalized, comprehensive health care for seniors at all of our convenient locations across Denton and Collin counties.
Does Medicare cover urgent care?
Yes, Medicare covers a wide variety of essential healthcare needs and typically includes coverage for urgent care visits.
What is not covered under Medicare?
Certain tests and services, such as custodial care, dental work, and hearing aids, are not covered under Medicare.
When can I apply for Medicare?
In most cases, the Medicare enrollment period lasts for seven months. It begins on the first day of the month, three months before your 65th birthday, and closes three full months after the month you turn 65. Many people understandably mistake the Medicare Open Enrollment period as a time when anyone can apply for Medicare. However, this window only allows for the adjustments to be made to the plans of current Medicare patients.
Keep in mind, it is critical that you apply for Medicare during your eligibility window. Applying after the deadline can result in significant penalty fees lasting many years. If you have questions about when and how to enroll in Medicare, our knowledgeable team at HSNT can help guide you through the Medicare enrollment process.
Get the comprehensive care you deserve with Medicare benefits for seniors in North Texas
Age may just be a number, but turning 65 marks the exciting opportunity to become eligible for Medicare benefits. If you are 65 or older and have Medicare coverage, our award-winning team of expert physicians and staff would be thrilled to provide you with the senior care you deserve. Call any of our convenient Health Services of North Texas locations in Plano, Denton, or Wylie to schedule your initial consultation today, and take the first step toward ensuring your health in this new chapter of life!