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En español | Medicare Part B covers doctors’ services, including those provided in the hospital. It also covers outpatient care and preventive care, including tests, screenings, laboratory work and outpatient care in the hospital. Some medical equipment and supplies, such as wheelchairs and oxygen are also covered.
You must pay the required monthly premiums — either the standard premium that is set each year by law, or more if your income is over a certain level. However, if your income is low you can apply to your state for assistance under a Medicare Savings Program; if you qualify, the state pays your Part B premiums.
For information on Medicare premiums for higher-income beneficiaries, go to https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10536.pdf.
For information on Medicare Savings Programs and how to apply, go to https://www.medicare.gov/your-medicare-costs/help-paying-costs/medicare-savings-program/medicare-savings-programs.html.
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