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Traveling Outside the U.S. with Medicare: What You Need to Know

Medicare will not pay for healthcare outside the U.S., except under specific rare circumstances. That means in most cases, you are not covered anywhere other than the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Island, and Guam.  Under What Circumstances Will Medicare Pay for Healthcare Outside the U.S.? There are only three situations in which...

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...