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Does Medicare Cover Cancer Treatment?

In 2018, over 1.7 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The good news is that cancer mortality (deaths caused

Does Medicare Cover MRI Scans?

What is an MRI? An MRI scan can produce three-dimensional detailed images of your body without using the more harmful radiation of x-rays. And MRI might help your doctor diagnose or rule out a

Does Medicare Cover Dermatology?

Dermatology is a branch of medicine dealing with the skin and skin diseases. According to the American Board of Dermatology (ABDERM), dermatologists are doctors that can treat disorders of the ski

Medicare Coverage of Dentures

Medicare doesn't cover most routine dental care or supplies, including oral exams, cleanings, fillings, extractions, and dental appliances, including dentures. In some situations, you may be

Does Medicare Cover Emergency Room Visit Costs?

  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 136.9 million emergency room visits in 2015. That means more than 43% of people visited an emergency room, a

Medicare Coverage of Physical Therapy

Your doctor may prescribe Medicare physical therapy for many different reasons. According to the American Physical Therapy Association, physical therapists help restore normal physical function an

Does Medicare Cover Knee Replacement Surgery Costs?

If your doctor recommends knee replacement surgery, your first question is probably, "how much does a knee replacement cost?" Knee surgery cost depends on a number of factors, including where y

Does Medicare Cover Dental Implants

A dental implant is a structure in the mouth anchored to the jawbone, meant to serve in place of a failed natural root, according to the Centers for Disease Control. It's generally attached

Does Medicare Cover Flu Shots?

Medicare Part B, one of the two parts of Original Medicare, covers 100% of the costs of seasonal flu shots once a year during the fall or winter. The Part B deductible does not apply to this ser

Does Medicare Cover Eye Exams?

If you wear glasses and have Original Medicare (Part A and Part B), the question "does Medicare cover eye exams" matters a lot. Even if you currently don't need prescription eyewear, there are a

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Does Medicare Cover Home Health Aides?

  Sometimes you may find you need help at home to do everyday tasks because of a health problem. Home health care might involve helping you get dressed, preparing meals, or bathing - or mo

Medicare Vision Coverage

It's common to have age-related vision loss as you get older, and as a Medicare beneficiary, you may be wondering what type of vision services and items you're covered for. Original Medic

Does Medicare Cover Hip Replacements?

  A hip replacement is where a damaged section of your hip joint is removed and replaced with an artificial join usually made of metal, ceramic, and very hard plastic. Arthritis damage is

Understanding the Basics of Medicare Coverage

Medicare is a government-sponsored health insurance program for American citizens and permanent legal residents (of at least five years in a row) who are 65 years old or more, or who qualify

Does Medicare Cover Medical Marijuana?

  Medical marijuana has been used to treat various ailments for over 3,000 years, according to the National Institutes of Health. But not everyone agrees on how effective it may be, or whe

Does Medicare Cover Dental Benefits?

As a general rule, Medicare only covers supplies and services that are medically necessary. Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) coverage of most dental services is limited, but some services m

Does Medicare Cover Medical Alert Systems

Some people like the feeling of security that may come from wearing a pendant or bracelet equipped with a button they can press to summon help. These systems are typically connected to telephone

Does Medicare Cover High Cholesterol?

Have you been diagnosed with high cholesterol levels in your blood? According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in 2011-2012, about 37% of all adults in the United States had blood choles

Medicare Coverage of Viagra

Viagra isn't covered under Original Medicare, Part A and Part B. There are only certain situations and limited prescription drugs Original Medicare covers. Medicare Part A may generally cover pr

Will Medicare Cover Meal Delivery and Grocery Shopping?

Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) generally doesn't pay for meal delivery service. Medicare Part B (medical insurance) typically does not include home delivered meals or personal care as part

Does Original Medicare Cover Cataract Surgery?

Yes, Medicare Part B generally covers surgery to remove cataracts. Cataract surgery involves replacing the affected eye lens with an artificial one, and Medicare Part B's benefits usually cover

Does Medicare Cover Assisted Living Care?

Assisted living facilities are housing options that fall in the category between independent living and Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) care. These facilities assist with daily living and may als

Does Medicare cover Cholesterol testing?

A cholesterol test can be one of the screenings your doctor arranges at a regular checkup, according to the American Heart Association. A cholesterol test can help identify problems. In some cases

Does My Medicare Advantage Cover Dental Services?

Dental problems are very common. If you’re like most adults in the United States, you’ve probably had a dental cavity (caries) or a more serious dental condition, such as a root canal. Accordi

Does Medicare Cover High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure is often called "the silent killer" according to the American Heart Association (AHA) because there are usually no obvious symptoms. Many people with high blood pressure don

Is Acupuncture Covered Under Medicare?

Summary: Medicare Advantage plans may cover acupuncture as a medical treatment. Does Medicare cover acupuncture? Today’s acupuncture was developed from techniques first developed in China thous

Does Medicare Cover Lift Chairs?

A lift chair is a motorized arm chair that can change positions, assisting the user into and out of the chair. How can a lift chair help me? Lift chairs for the elderly can help you stand up

Does Medicare cover bone marrow transplants?

If you have leukemia or lymphoma, your doctor might order a bone marrow transplant to help treat your cancer. Bone marrow transplants might help treat other types of cancer as well. Medicare mig

Medicare Coverage of Routine Dental Services

Some Medicare beneficiaries are surprised to learn that Original Medicare, Part A and Part B, doesn't cover routine dental services. Medicare only covers dental services in specific, limited sit

What Does Medicare Cover?

What does Medicare cover under Original Medicare? Original Medicare, Part A and Part B, is the basic government-sponsored health insurance program for Americans aged 65 and over and those at

Does Medicare Cover Hearing Aids?

Many Medicare beneficiaries age 65 and older may experience hearing loss. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), age is the strongest predictor of hearing loss among adults age 20-6

Will Medicare Pay for a Wheelchair?

Summary: Medicare generally covers wheelchairs at 80%. For help paying the remaining 20%, you may want a Medicare Supplement  insurance plan. You may hope you never end up in a wheelchair, but p

Does Medicare Cover Suicide Prevention?

Suicide kills more than 41,000 Americans each year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).  Although suicide can involve many complex mental health and environmental issue

Medicare Benefits for People with ESRD

Medicare benefits aren't just for people aged 65 and over. If you have kidney failure, you might qualify for Medicare benefits. Permanent kidney failure is a condition known as “end-stage r

Will Medicare Let Me Switch Nursing Homes?

If you're in a nursing home and unhappy with your care, you may wonder how Medicare coverage works. Are you allowed to change nursing homes? Here's an overview of your rights while receiving tre

What are the different parts of Medicare?

Summary: Medicare Part A = hospital coverage. Medicare Part B = Medical coverage. Medicare Part D = prescription drug coverage. Medicare Part C = Medicare Advantage, which usually includes hospital,

How Do I Find a Medicare Provider I Like?

Your health-care providers play a key role in your well-being, so it’s important to choose a Medicare provider that is right for you. What should I consider when looking for a Medicare provid

Why Does Original Medicare Have So Many Coverage Gaps?

Summary: Original Medicare, Part A and Part B, covers a wide range of hospital and medical services. Still, you typically have to pay cost-sharing amounts under Medicare. There are also medical cos

Does Medicare Cover Mental Health Care?

Summary: Your mental health is just as critical as your physical health, especially as you age or struggle with other health issues. Medicare usually covers many services, like preventative care, tr

Is Medicare Part B Coverage Enough for Me?

Medicare Part B (medical insurance) is part of Original Medicare, along with Medicare Part A (hospital insurance). You may be wondering if Part B gives you all the coverage you need. What does Me

Medicare Benefits for People with Disabilities

When the Medicare program was originally created, there were no benefits for people under 65 with disabilities. That changed in 1973. Since then, the disabled have become the fastest growing pop

Medicare vs Employer Coverage: which is better

Summary: You can have both Medicare and employer coverage at the same time. Which one pays first depends on coordination of benefit rules and your employer size. The Bureau of Labor Statistics

Can I Appeal to Medicare about what is Medically Necessary?

Summary: Medicare only pays for medically necessary care. If you have a service denied, you can appeal that it is medically necessary. Medicare will generally pay for services that are consider

Who is Covered Under Medicare?

Summary: To qualify for Medicare, you must be a U.S citizen or permanent resident for at least five years in a row and be age 65 or older. You can also qualify for Medicare before turning 65 if you

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