Medicare Part B helps pay for medical expenses, clinical laboratory services, and outpatient hospital treatment.
Medicare Part B
Medicare Part B helps pay for medical expenses, clinical laboratory services, and outpatient hospital treatment. In most cases, Medicare pays 80% of the cost of covered services, although some Part B-covered services also involve copayments.
Medical services covered by Part B include:
• abdominal aortic aneurysm screening
• ambulance services
• non-doctor services provided by physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and others
• occupational therapy
• outpatient hospital services
• outpatient medical and surgical services and supplies
• pap tests and pelvic exams
• your “Welcome to Medicare” physical exam
• physical therapy
• pneumococcal shot
• prostate cancer screenings
• prosthetic/orthotic items
• rural health clinic services
• second surgical opinions
• smoking cessation counseling
• speech-language pathology services
• surgical dressing services
• telehealth in certain situations
• tests including X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, EKGs, and some other diagnostic tests
• transplants and immunosuppressive drugs
• urgently-needed care
What Do I Pay for Medicare Part A and Part B Coverage?
• The vast majority of Medicare beneficiaries don’t have to pay a Part A premium because they covered this cost during their working years.
• The Part A deductible is currently set at $1,184 per benefit period. In certain situations you may be required to pay this amount two or more times in a single year.
• The Part B monthly premium for most Medicare beneficiaries is currently set at $104.90
• The Medicare Part B deductible is $147 annually.
Although Original Medicare Part A and Part B cover different services, both Part A and Part B involve a variety of out-of-pocket charges that can add up fast—unless you’re covered by certain Medicare supplement plans. Contact MedicareMall today to learn more about that!
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