How Many Doctors Accept Medicare?

How Many Doctors Accept Medicare? Before Medicare, many of us felt comfortable staying within the networks of doctors we were dealt with and worked around the stipulations of having to obtain referrals when additional care was needed. Do all doctors accept medicare? Almost! Now over 93%, of all doctors in America accept Medicare, meaning you get a lot more freedom when choosing a doctor. Medicare Doctors If you participate in Original Medicare coverage, you have the largest network of providers available to you. So, if you want to see the best cardiologist, or utilize the...

Does Medicare Cover Bariatric Surgery?

Obesity is a complicated health issue that affects almost 40% of Americans and leads to a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some cancers. When traditional weight loss methods have not been effective, bariatric surgery is an option that may be recommended. Bariatric surgery (also known as weight loss surgery) refers to any type of surgery on the stomach or intestine that aims to induce weight loss.  As such, there is a variety of different types of bariatric surgery including gastric bypass, lap-band or gastric sleeve. Your doctor will typically help...

When Can I Buy Medigap Insurance?

You’ve enrolled in Original Medicare but are discovering that not all healthcare costs are covered. If you find yourself in this situation, Medigap insurance might be the solution you need to supplement your health care costs. With a Medigap plan, you can also choose the doctor you want to see.  Medigap Insurance It’s important to understand what Medigap is and what it isn’t. Medigap is a supplemental health insurance plan sold by private insurance companies to fill in the gaps of Medicare Part A and Part B. These gaps in coverage include: Copayments...

Does Medicare Cover Nursing Homes?

When it comes to health care in America, trying to learn all the ins and outs of what it actually covers can be tricky. If you are a legal guardian or have questions about Medicare coverage regarding nursing homes for yourself, the information below will provide some answers. Medicare Part A If you are turning 65 years old, or are under 65 years old, but receive Social Security disability benefits, you are eligible for Medicare. Furthermore, if you are under 65 and have end-stage renal disorder (ESRD), you are eligible for Medicare coverage. For those who are eligible for...

When is Open Enrollment for Blue Cross B...

As 2018 nears its end, the Open Enrollment Period for the health insurance marketplace in the United States begins again. There have been a few changes in the marketplaces from state to state as health insurance providers and the healthcare industry deal with changes to legislation regarding this important aspect of our society. Blue Cross Blue Shield is a federation comprised of 36 local, independent health insurance organizations working in all 50 states. This organization and the health insurance companies that partner with Blue Cross Blue Shield are responsible for...