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Dental Coverage Under Original Medicare

Original Medicare (Part A for hospital coverage and Part B for medical coverage) typically does not include routine dental coverage, such as dental exams, cleanings, fillings, crowns, and bridg

Medicare Coverage of Therapy and Mental Health Services

Declining health and the challenges of managing multiple diseases can put seniors at risk for mental health conditions like depression or anxiety. If you're struggling with thoughts of suicide or

Medicare and Dental Coverage

Medicare's dental coverage is limited. If you have Original Medicare (Part A and Part B), you won't be covered for most dental services and supplies, including: Dental exams Routine clean

Medicare Coverage If You’re Disabled

If you qualify for Social Security disability benefits (a monthly benefit to help replace lost wages that result from your permanent disability), you may also qualify for Medicare to cover your me

Medicare and Cataracts Surgery

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world, according to the World Health Organization. Even though they can occur at any age, cataracts are most common later in life--so common th

Medicare and Hearing Aids

Do your family members say you're hard of hearing, even if you don't notice it? It may be time to get your hearing checked. Hearing loss can have many causes -- an inherited condition, illness,

Medicare Vision Benefits

Regular vision exams are important as you get older. But routine Medicare vision benefits vary depending on the type of plan you have. In some cases, vision care is not covered at all. It's a good

Medicare Diabetes Coverage

Diabetes is a common medical condition in which the body either doesn't make enough insulin or doesn't respond properly to the insulin it makes. A healthy body uses insulin to process sugars, but

Does Medicare Cover Medical Marijuana?

Medical marijuana is nothing new. People have been using it as medical treatment for at least 3000 years, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). What is medical marijuana? Medic

Medicare Coverage of Long-Term Care Hospitals

Long-term care hospitals (LTCH) provide acute care for Medicare patients who need extended or more intensive care. While many traditional hospitals are also "acute care hospitals," LTCHs are licen

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Medicare and Knee Replacement Surgery

If your doctor recommends knee surgery, how much will you have to pay if you have Medicare? You might be glad to know that Medicare might cover some of your knee replacement costs. Knee replace

Medicare Coverage by Topic

Original Medicare is government-sponsored health insurance that includes Part A (hospital insurance) and Part B (medical insurance). It can be confusing to figure out which services Medicare cover

Medical Equipment Suppliers and Medicare

Medical equipment and supplies cover a vast range of tools and products for hospitals, health-care facilities, and homes. This includes, but is not limited to, monitoring systems, glucose meters,

Does Medicare Supplement Plan F Cover Acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been practiced in East Asian countries (such as China) for thousands of years, the National Institute of Health reports. Millions of Americans are treated with acupuncture every ye

Home Health Agencies and Medicare

If you are homebound and need health care--for example, if you were recently in the hospital for an operation--Medicare might pay for health care at home. Medicare-approved home health agencies ca

Hospitals and Medicare

Many of us may need hospital care at some point in our lives. It's important to understand what type of Medicare hospital coverage you're eligible for and what benefits you're entitled to under Or

Does Medicare Cover Lift Chairs?

Lift chairs may be partially covered by Medicare if you meet certain requirements. If your doctor believes you might benefit from lift chairs at home, here's what you need to know about how M

Does Medicare Cover Dental Implants

  If you have damaged or missing teeth, your dentist may recommend dental implants to replace them. If you're a Medicare beneficiary, your first question may well be, "does Medicare cover d

Dialysis Facilities and Medicare

Kidney failure, medically referred to as end-stage renal disease (ESRD), often requires patients to undergo dialysis, either in their own home or at a dialysis facility. Either way, it's important

Does Medicare cover MRI scans?

MRI stands for “magnetic resonance imaging” according to the Mayo Clinic. MRI scans can be used to take detailed images of your organs and tissues and help your doctor diagnose a variety of

Does Medicare Cover Dermatology?

If you have an itchy skin rash, an abnormal mole, or an unsightly scar, you may wish to see a dermatologist. According to the American Board of Dermatology, a dermatologist is a physician who ca

Medicare Coverage of Diabetic Services and Supplies

Medicare covers many diabetic services, if they are delivered by a doctor or other provider who accepts Medicare assignment. Medicare also covers a range of common diabetic supplies when they're c

Senior Vision Health–What You May Need and What Medicare Covers

Regular eye exams can help maintain your vision and catch problems before they become more serious. However, Original Medicare, Part A and Part B, does not usually cover routine vision services.

Does Medicare Cover Home Health Aides?

If you find that some day-to-day tasks are becoming too difficult to do alone, a home health aide may be able to help you. A home health aide may assist you in your own home, a group home, or a

Does Medicare Cover Cancer Treatment?

Almost 1 out of 3 people in the United States will have cancer in their lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. While that statistic may be concerning, the good news is that with can

Medicare Vision Screenings

Original Medicare, Part A and Part B, doesn't cover much in the way of vision or eye care. Eyeglasses and contacts are not generally covered, unless they are deemed medically necessary when follow

Medicare’s Alcohol-Dependency Counseling and Smoking Cessation Coverage

Medicare health insurance isn't just for doctors' services and inpatient hospital care. Beneficiaries can get help for alcohol- and tobacco-dependency issues whether they're enrolled in Original M

What Sleep Apnea Equipment Does Medicare Cover?

According to the National Sleep Foundation, 18 million Americans suffer from some form of sleep apnea and it affects men and women equally. If you've been diagnosed with sleep apnea and are enroll

Does Medicare Cover Medical Alert Devices?

  As you age, you may want to continue living independently at home as long as possible. A medical alert device can allow you to call for help in the event of a fall or other emergency and y

Medicare and Emergency Room Coverage

  As you get older, your chances of visiting the emergency room go up significantly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at age 65, you have a 51% chance of vi

What in-Home Health Care Does Medicare Cover?

Summary: If you need skilled home health care services from a licensed provider such as a nurse or physical therapist, Medicare Part A and/or Part B typically help cover these expenses if you meet

Medicare Coverage of Cancer Treatment

  Close to 40% of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in the lifetimes, according to that National Cancer Institute’s 2015 data. Depending on the stage and type of ca

Will Medicare Cover Dermatology Services?

Dermatology is the medical specialty involving skin – including diseases and functions of the skin, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Medicare generally doesn't cover dermatology, but it

Understanding Medicare Dental Coverage

Summary: You might choose Medicare Advantage plans that offer extra benefits including dental, that Original Medicare generally doesn’t cover. Dental problems can cause excruciating pain and in

Is Basic Medicare Coverage Enough for my Parents ?

Summary: Traditional Medicare, Part A and Part B, provide basic medical coverage. But be aware that: Medicare doesn’t cover every service your parents may need – it doesn't cover most pr

What Medicare Coverage is Available for a Parent with Dementia?

Summary: Dementia is a loss of certain brain function, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It affects your ability to think and remember, and generally gets worse over time. Medica

Five Tips to Get Your Parents the Best Medicare Coverage

Summary: Have your parents asked you to help them figure out what Medicare coverage to get? There's no one-size-fits-all Medicare coverage, but you might feel more confident helping them if you und

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