Medicare Part B Coverage
Medicare Part B coverage is medical insurance. Part B covers doctor visits. It also covers well visits. Coverage for medically necessary services and supplies is provided. This coverage includes any service or supply that you require for either diagnosis and or treatment of a medical condition. Part B also covers outpatient services. Covered services include those provided by either a hospital, doctor’s office, clinic or other health care facility.
Medicare Part B also covers many preventive services to prevent illness or detect them at an early stage. Together, Parts 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,
- Urgent care visits,
- Laboratory tests,
- Emergency ambulance services,
- Mental health services, and
- Durable medical equipment.
- Preventive services, such as pap tests, flu shots, and screenings.
- Rehabilitative services, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, as well as speech-language pathology services.
Part B has a monthly premium associated with it. The monthly premium is $104.90 in 2016. If you get either Social Security, Railroad Retirement Board, or Office of Personnel Management benefits, your Part B premium will be automatically deducted from your benefit payment. If you don’t get these benefit payments, you’ll get a bill. Note: If you did no take Part B when you were first eligible, the cost of Part B will go up 10% for each full 12-month period that you could have had Part B but didn’t sign up for it, except in special cases. You will have to pay this penalty as long as you have Part B.
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