Part B of Original Medicare may cover a blood pressure monitor if your doctor recommends an ambulatory blood monitoring device (ABPM), or if you're undergoing renal dialysis at home. Otherwise, Original Medicare will not typically cover a blood pressure monitor.
Some Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans may give an allowance for certain over-the-counter (OTC) items, which may include adult blood pressure monitors in some cases.
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Medicare Part B medical insurance may sometimes cover blood pressure monitors if:
We recommend that you speak with your doctor directly to learn more about blood pressure monitors and whether or not they are recommended for your use.
Even if Medicare covers your blood pressure monitor, there are some out-of-pocket costs you should expect to pay, which may include:
There is no annual limit on how much you could pay for the Part B coinsurance in a given year.
Medicare Advantage plans are an alternative to Original Medicare, and they are required to cover everything that Part A and Part B covers.
If your blood pressure monitor is covered by Original Medicare, it will also be covered by a Medicare Advantage plan.
Most Medicare Advantage plans also cover prescription drugs, which are not typically covered by Original Medicare.
Some Medicare Advantage plans also offer additional benefits, such as health and wellness programs and free gym memberships.
A licensed insurance agent can help you learn more about Medicare Advantage plans and find plans in your area that can help cover your healthy lifestyle.
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Christian Worstell is a licensed insurance agent and a Senior Staff Writer for MedicareAdvantage.com. He is passionate about helping people navigate the complexities of Medicare and understand their coverage options.
His work has been featured in outlets such as Vox, MSN, and The Washington Post, and he is a frequent contributor to health care and finance blogs.
Christian is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He currently lives in Raleigh, NC.
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