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Medicare Benefits

Medicare plans come with a wide range of benefits to enrollees, but the specific benefits will vary according to the type of Medicare plan.

Original Medicare Benefits

Original Medicare (Parts A and B) typically covers emergency care (under Medicare part A) and outpatient health care, preventive care and medical devices (under Medicare Part B).

Most people who enroll in Original Medicare will have to pay a monthly premium for Part B coverage. Original Medicare does not cover routine vision or dental care, and it does not typically cover prescription drugs.

Medicare Advantage Benefits

Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) plans are privately administered, so costs and benefits can vary according to the particular plan you choose. Some Medicare Advantage plans may feature $0 monthly premiums.

Most Part C plans offer prescription drug coverage. Some plans may also cover routine vision and dental care as well as a number of other benefits such as free gym memberships and transportation costs related to medical care, all of which is not covered by Original Medicare. However, it’s important to check with an insurance agent or with your plan carrier to find out exactly what benefits may be covered under your Medicare Advantage plan.

Medicare Supplement Benefits

Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plans can help pay for some out-of-pocket Medicare costs such as deductibles, copays and coinsurance. In addition to help covering costs associated with Original Medicare, some plans also can help pay for medical care needed while traveling internationally.

Read more below to learn about the benefits offered by different parts of Medicare and how each type of coverage works.

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If you provide long-term care to someone on Medicare, it can be helpful for you to understand their health insurance coverage and how it works. Most Medicare beneficiaries have the option to e...
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Medicare Assistance for the Hearing Impaired

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4 Predictions About the Future of Medicare Advantage Plans

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Can I Use Medicare Supplement Insurance in Another Country?

Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) won’t typically cover health care or medical supplies you receive in a foreign country. Certain Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) plans do offer some...
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Does Medicare Cover Oral Surgery?

Potentially. Oral surgery may be covered by Medicare if it is determined to be medically necessary. Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) does not cover routine dental services. Below is a bre...
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Does Medicare Pay for Walkers?

Does Medicare cover walkers? Yes, Medicare does cover walkers and other similar durable medical equipment (DME) and transportation methods . You'll need to meet certain requirements, however....
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Does Medicare Cover Wisdom Tooth Extractions?

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Does Medicare Cover Wigs for Cancer Patients?

Original Medicare typically does not cover wigs for cancer patients because they are not considered medically necessary, even if hair loss is solely a result of cancer treatment. Some Medicare...
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Does Medicare Pay for Wheelchairs and Walkers?

Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) does cover wheelchairs and walkers , though there are certain restrictions and guidelines you should know about. These items are categorized as “ durable m...
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