Medicare Part B covers medical nutrition therapy and some related services for certain people.
Your doctor must refer you for these services as medically necessary in order for them to be covered by Medicare.
Starting in 2019, some Medicare Advantage plans may also offer nutrition benefits such as home meal delivery and healthy food options for beneficiaries.
People who have enrolled in Medicare and who meet at least one of the following conditions are likely eligible for medical nutrition therapy coverage:
Examples of medical nutrition therapy services include:
Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) does not cover medical nutrition therapy services. If you have Part A only, you will likely be responsible for all costs if you see a nutritionist.
Medicare Advantage plans provide the same Part A and Part B benefits as Original Medicare, so your Medicare Advantage plan will cover medical nutrition therapy if it meets the qualifications detailed above and if you are referred by your doctor.
In addition to the hospital and medical benefits provided by Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans may cover prescription drugs and some additional benefits such as:
If you think a Medicare Advantage plan may be a good fit for you, speak with a licensed insurance agent to compare plans that may be available in your area. A licensed insurance agent can help you find out if you are eligible and enroll in a plan right over the phone.
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