What is Medicare Assignment?

by Doug Benson on November 20, 2010. Updated December 8, 2012

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Assignment is an agreement between you, Medicare, and your doctor or other healthcare provider. You “assign” Medicare to pay your doctor or healthcare provider directly for their services. Most doctors, and healthcare providers accept assignment. If they do not accept assignment, they are allowed to charge you more than the Medicare Approved amount. But they can only charge up to 15% over the Medicare approved amount. Some Medicare Supplement plans will cover these “excess” charges if they occur. Most Medicare Advantage plans do not allow providers to charge excess charges.

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