FAQ About Medicare

Biggers Family Medicine, which is located in Brandon, FL, offers a full range of healthcare services for the entire family. Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers are some of the top primary care physicians in Brandon, FL. We accept Medicare. Keep reading to find answers to your most frequently asked questions about Medicare.

How does Medicare work?

Medicare in Brandon, FLMedicare is a national program administered by the Federal Government of the United States. You are eligible for Medicare benefits if you are age 65 or older or disabled. You are also eligible for Medicare benefits if you have been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or kidney failure.

What Services Does Medicare Cover?

Medicare Part A covers hospice care, home health care, hospital inpatient care, surgery, skilled nursing facility care, and lab tests. Medicare Part B covers doctor visits, lab tests and X-rays, preventive services, mental health services, and durable medical equipment. Medicare coverage for many items, tests, and services depends on your location.

How do I Choose a Medicare Plan?

Visit and use the Medicare Plan Finder to compare plans and find out the benefits, coverage, and estimated costs for each plan. You can use the Medicare Plan Finder to enroll in a Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) policy, Medicare Advantage Plan, or Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.

Are Prescription Drugs Covered?

You may add drug coverage by joining a Medicare prescription drug plan (Part D). Some individuals with limited income and resources may be able to get Extra Help. This Extra Help will help pay for the costs, such as monthly premiums, prescription copayments, and annual deductibles.

How Much Does Medicare Cost?

A premium is the monthly amount you pay to Medicare for your health care coverage. The standard Medicare Part B premium for medical insurance in 2018 is $134.00. Premium amounts may change each year. New Medicare premium rates are announced each fall and become effective in January.

How do I Sign up for Medicare?

Generally, we advise people to file for Medicare benefits 3 months before age 65. Remember, if you don’t sign up for Medicare benefits when you’re first eligible, you may have to pay a penalty for as long as you have the coverage. You automatically get Medicare benefits after you get disability benefits from Social Security for 24 months.

If visits to the doctor haven't been one of your top priorities for the last few years, they should be. Going to the doctor is important at any age. Call Biggers Family Medicine at (813) 655-4646 today to schedule an appointment in Brandon, FL. Seeing a doctor regularly is among the best ways you can help protect your health and well-being.

We accept Medicare, so Call Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL at (813) 655-4646 for an appointment today!