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Be Informed: Some Services Are Not Covered By Medicare

It’s important to be in the know when it comes to what Medicare will and will not cover. Some might be surprised to learn that there are several basic services Medicare won’t cover without very specific circumstances. For example, here are a few services often required by older patients, which they might generally have difficulties getting Medicare to pay for:

Dental care. Routine dental care isn’t covered. That means cleanings, fillings and tooth extractions, in addition to dentures. In some cases, Part A may cover certain services administered during a hospital emergency.

Hearing aids/exams. Medicare Part B doesn’t cover routine exams; nor will it cover hearing aids or the exams used to select and fit a hearing aid.

Foot care. Although the treatment of foot illness is covered, routine foot care, including corn and callus removal and preventive maintenance, are not covered by Medicare.

Eye exams. Aside from basic vision check-ups as part of preventive care, Medicare won’t cover routine eye exams for eyeglasses/contact lenses. In some cases, preventive and diagnostic services may be available to Part B recipients. This could cover tests for glaucoma and macular degeneration exams. Those with diabetes may be eligible for an annual exam for diabetic retinopathy.

Eyeglasses. Medicare doesn’t cover eyeglasses, despite the fact that many senior citizens need them. For those who have had cataract surgery that involves the implanting of an intraocular lens, Part B will contribute to the cost of one pair of eyeglasses or set of contacts.

Cosmetic surgery. Unless it’s needed due to illness or injury (post-mastectomy breast reconstruction, for example), Medicare doesn’t cover cosmetic surgery.

Acupuncture. This traditional form of Chinese medicine is not covered.

If you have questions choosing a Medicare plan that offers the coverage you need, contact us at MedicareSolutions at 1-800-328-7305 where a licensed sales agent will immediately assist you.

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