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Stop, Look & Listen: Railroad Retirement Benefits Q&A

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Medicare Parts A and B

(Posted March 30, 2009)

Question 689: I have a patient with Medicare Part A coverage. Would this also cover medical office visits?

Answer: There are two parts of Medicare covering hospital and medical expenses. Part A generally covers hospital related expenses. Part A is financed through payroll taxes.

Part B covers expenses related to doctors and other medical providers. Part B is voluntary and is financed by monthly premiums charged to retired or disabled beneficiaries. Over 96% of Medicare beneficiaries have both Parts A and Part B.

For more information about the Medicare program, you should contact the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid, which is the federal agency administering the Medicare program.


Important notice:

Answers are provided as general guidance on the subjects covered in the question and are not provided as legal advice to the questioner or to readers. Any legal issues should be reviewed by your legal counsel to apply the law to the particular facts of this and similar situations.

The law in this area changes frequently. Answers are believed to be correct as of the posting dates shown. The completeness or accuracy of a particular answer may be affected by changes in the law (statutes, regulations, rulings, court decisions, etc.) that occur after the date on which a particular Q&A is posted.


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