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Medicare Part B

What is Medicare Part B coverage?

Quick Guide to Part B

Medicare Part B (medical insurance) covers medically necessary services and supplies needed for the diagnosis or treatment of your health condition. This includes outpatient services received at a hospital, doctor’s office, clinic, or other health facility. Medicare Part B also covers many preventive services to prevent illness or detect them at an early stage. Together, Medicare Part A and Part B are known as Original Medicare.

Medicare Part B benefits

Medical services and supplies covered by Medicare Part B include (but may not be limited to):

  • Doctor’s visits
  • Laboratory tests and X-rays
  • Emergency ambulance services
  • Mental health services
  • Durable medical equipment
  • Preventive services, such as pap tests, flu shots, and screenings
  • Rehabilitative services, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology services


Medicare Part B costs

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You’ll pay both a monthly premium and a yearly deductible for Medicare Part B. In 2015, most people will pay $104.90 for their monthly premium and $147 for the deductible. You may have to pay a higher premium if you make above a certain amount. If you didn’t enroll in Medicare Part B when you were first eligible, you may also have to pay a higher premium, unless you’re eligible for a Special Enrollment Period.

For individual services and supplies, your Medicare Part B costs will vary. Some preventive services are completely covered if your provider accepts Medicare assignment. If the Medicare Part B deductible applies, you must pay all costs until you meet deductible amount before Medicare begins paying its share.

After your deductible is met, you typically pay 20 percent of the Medicare-approved amount for the service. You may also owe a copayment for certain outpatient services.

Did you know that some Medicare Advantage plans may offer additional services beyond Medicare Part B? For example, some plans include benefits like wellness programs and routine vision and dental benefits. These benefits aren’t normally covered by Medicare Part A or Part B. If you like, I can help you find a plan that may work for you. To learn more about me, see my photo below and use the orange button under it to see my profile. You can also schedule a one-to-one phone call or request an email from me with more plan information using the links below. If you’d like to compare some plans now, click the Find Your Plan button near the top right of this page. If you’d like to speak sooner, call and ask for me at 1-844-847-2659 (TTY users, please call 711).



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