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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 lines or wireless networks. When you press your button, the company that provides the system is signaled that you need help and might talk to you by phone or dispatch an ambulance. You may be wondering if Medicare covers medical alert systems.

Original Medicare, Part A and Part B, typically does not cover medical alert systems. However, if you receive your Part A and Part B benefits through a Medicare Advantage plan, you can ask your plan if it covers these systems. Medicare Advantage plans provide at least the same level of coverage as Medicare Part A and Part B, except for hospice coverage (Medicare Part A provides this coverage). Many Medicare Advantage plans offer extra benefits.

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