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Category: Medicare

Does Medicare Cover Dental and Vision?

Original Medicare does not cover most dental services. This includes cleanings, fillings, extractions, dentures, dental plates, and other devices. Eye exams for glasses or contact lenses are also not covered by original Medicare. You pay 100% out of pocket for these services. However, some Medicare Advantage Plans (Medicare Part C) offer benefits not covered by Original Medicare, which may include dental and vision services.  Are...

Does Medicare Provide Mental Health Coverage?

Medicare covers certain mental health services, provided the healthcare professional accepts assignment. The Part B deductible applies to doctor visits, in addition to a 20% copay. If you go to a hospital outpatient clinic or department for mental health services, you may have to pay an additional copayment or coinsurance to the hospital.  What Mental Health Services Does Medicare Cover If your primary care doctor...

Your Guide to Medigap and Other Medicare Supplement Plans

Medigap is Medicare supplemental insurance. Private insurance companies sell these policies. They are designed to help cover the gaps in healthcare costs with original Medicare, such as deductibles, co-payments, and co-insurance. It can also help with services Medicare does not cover, including travel outside the U.S. Why You Might Need Medigap Insurance Original Medicare Parts A and B will not cover all expenses if you...

Understanding the “Welcome to Medicare” Physical Exam

During the first 12 months after enrolling in Part B, Medicare covers a one-time, preventative physical exam. This is known as the “Welcome to Medicare” exam. It includes a thorough checkup and health review. It also provides education and counseling on preventative services, such as screenings and vaccines, as well as referrals for additional care if needed.  No Cost for the “Welcome to Medicare” Physical...

Helping a Parent Register for Medicare

Medicare can be a confusing subject for anyone. Even people in the industry have been known to struggle with navigating the official website. It is entirely understandable if a parent needs a little help.  The good news is that your parent may not have to register for Medicare; enrollment is automatic for many people. But once enrolled, your parent may need help choosing the best...