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When you have Medicare and another type of insurance, Medicare will either pay primary or secondary for your medical costs.

  • Primary insurance pays first for your medical bills.
  • Secondary insurance pays after your primary insurance.
  • Usually, secondary insurance pays some or all of the costs left after the primary insurer has paid (e.g., deductibles, copayments, coinsurances). For example, if Original Medicare is your primary insurance, your secondary insurance may pay for some or all of the 20% coinsurance for Part B-covered services. You may find secondary insurance useful in lowering your health costs depending on how much coverage your primary insurer offers and its costs.
  • But if your primary insurances denies coverage, secondary insurance may or may not pay some part of the cost, depending on the insurance.
  • If you do not have primary insurance, your secondary insurance may make little or no payment for your health care costs.

But if you are considering delaying Part B enrollment because you have insurance, make sure to ask your benefits manager or human resources department how your insurance works with Medicare. In cases where Medicare is primary to your current insurance, you should enroll in Part B to avoid incurring high costs for your care. This is because when Medicare is primary to your other insurance, your other insurance may not pay for costs until Medicare pays—so you would be responsible for paying these costs out of pocket. When Medicare is secondary, your current insurance will pay the majority of the cost for covered services.

You can also confirm how Medicare works with your current insurance by contacting the Social Security Administration (SSA) or Medicare.

Podiatry Group of Georgia

A visit to a podiatrist is a benefit covered by most insurance plans. However, there can be restrictions due to changes in recent health care coverages.

To avoid any additional cost to the patient, Podiatry Group of Georgia will work with your insurance company to get your services covered. Sometimes this requires our office to send in a letter of medical necessity which will state the reasoning behind the recommended treatment and include the patient’s history and diagnosis.

As a courtesy to our patients, we will contact your insurance company prior to your visit to verify that services are covered and that no referrals are required. This allows us to provide you with the best care while making sure you are aware of your insurance benefits for any treatments or services recommended for your specific condition before they are performed.

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If you’ve been searching for Foot Doctor for all your foot and ankle needs, take time to meet with the Podiatry Group of Georgia. Our doctor has the experience and knowledge you need to help your feet and ankles feel their best. Give us a call today and set up an appointment for your initial consultation. Call us today


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