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I am turning 65 and retiring soon. I’ve been going to the Mayo Clinic, and I want to keep going there. Does Mayo Clinic accept Medicare in Arizona? If so, which Medicare plan should I be on?
Barbara from Surprise, Arizona
Understandably, you would want to visit a hospital for your healthcare needs.
Funded by the Mayo Foundation, the Mayo Clinic is one of the top hospitals in the United States. They practice integrated medicine in which specialists across departments work together to assess your condition and provide you with the care you need based on your situation and medical history. The Mayo Clinic is also recognized for its treatment of complex medical conditions. Depending on your health needs, Mayo Clinic may be the best fit for you.
Mayo Clinic may accept Medicare patients who have Original Medicare (Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B) and Medicare Supplement plans (Medigap) in all their hospitals. Mayo Clinic does not require doctor referrals for patients to receive care services. However, Medicare requires you to have a doctor referral to receive treatment at the Mayo Clinic. You may need to fulfill preauthorization requirements before going to the Mayo Clinic. Medicare health insurance is not accepted for primary care services at the Mayo Family Clinic in Glendale, Arizona.
“The Mayo Clinic does not accept Medicare Advantage plans. They will still treat you in the event of an emergency if you are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, but they do not provide routine care.“
The Mayo Clinic has contracts with private insurance companies, but they do not accept Medicare Advantage plans. They will still treat you in the event of an emergency if you are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, but they do not provide routine care. Since you indicated you would like to see the Mayo Clinic, a Medicare Supplement plan in Arizona may be the best option.
Connie Health can help you find a Medicare Supplement plan that can allow you to visit the Mayo Clinic. Connie Health has a plan comparison tool that sorts your many plan options. Our technology will compare available plans tailored to your needs – quickly narrowing your choices.
If you’d like help ensuring that you pick a plan that best fits your needs, a local licensed Connie Health agent can help. Call (623) 223-8884 (TTY: 711), and an agent will find a Medicare insurance plan that fits your needs.
At the Mayo Clinic, Medicare typically pays 80% of the cost for covered services after you meet the Part B deductible ($233 for 2022). The Mayo Clinic may give you an Advance Beneficiary Notice to tell you that you may have to pay for a test if Medicare does not cover it. Medicare pays for tests they deem medically necessary to diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries. Mayo Clinic will give you an Advance Beneficiary Notice that will help you decide whether to pay for it yourself or not perform the service.
There are many more ways to take care of your health. Mayo Clinic offers a free e-newsletter with the latest information on health care. The Surprise Senior Center has arts and crafts and fitness activities for you to socialize with others. The Surprise Senior Center offers the SilverSneakers program, an online video workout program free for seniors who have the program as part of their Medicare Advantage plan.
I hope this information has been helpful. Everyone should have access to quality care and the services they need. At Connie Health, we want to guide you to make the best healthcare decisions for you. We want to help you live a healthier and happier life. I wish you the best.
Last updated: May 4, 2022
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I am an Arizona Life and Health Insurance Licensed Agent and have been helping people with Medicare since 2009. I enjoy coaching youth and high school sports, watching sports, and spending time with family. I also like taking road trips and vacationing anywhere that has a beach.