Basic Medicare Doesn’t Cover Everything – Why You Need Supplemental Plans
Do you know what Medicare covers when it comes to your health? Most seniors don’t and when Medicare falls short, seniors could face huge out of pocket expenses.
Here’s why you need to have supplemental Medicare coverage.
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Dental Work Isn’t Included
Dental work is a common necessity for seniors – from routine teeth cleanings to major dental changes like dentures or dental implants, you’ll need to see a dentist at least semi-annually. However, Medicare won’t cover a single visit or a single cent of your expenses.
According to Medicare.gov1, Medicare doesn’t cover even the most basic dental care. Dental procedures, like regular cleanings, fillings, and more, aren’t covered.
Hearing Aids Aren’t Covered
Medicare offers extremely limited hearing health coverage, offering only a small percentage of coverage for certain doctor’s visits and testing.
Medicare.gov2 states that Medicare doesn’t cover hearing exams, hearing aids, or any doctor’s visits for fitting hearing aids. Medicare subscribers must cover 100 percent of their hearing aid costs.
Vision Care is Considered Elective
The Vision Council3 reports that 3 out of every 4 Americans need glasses, and if you’re a glasses wearer, you know you’ll need them for the rest of your life.
But annual eye exams of any kind are not included in Medicare coverage, Medicare.gov4 reports. And glasses and contact lenses are also not covered under any part of Medicare5, meaning you’ll be responsible for 100 percent of any costs.
Medical Care Outside the U.S. Isn’t Paid For
Planning to travel outside of the U.S. and explore new countries? You’ll need to be careful if you’re a Medicare subscriber, as any medical needs you have while away may be entirely your responsibility.
Your ability to use Medicare outside of the U.S. is incredibly limited. Medicare.gov⁷ writes that any medical supplies or care received outside of the 50 states and U.S. territories is typically not covered. Only emergency medical care is covered; all other medical needs are assessed on whether or not they’re necessary.
Supplement Your Medicare Plan with Better Coverage
In order to protect your physical health and your financial health, you need to make sure you’re covered on every front from dental care to eye care. Medicare myths are common, and many seniors end up with huge medical bills they can’t afford when they discover just how many gaps there are in their Medicare coverage.
The best way to ensure you’re fully covered is to find a supplemental insurance plan that suits your biggest needs. Search online to find and compare different private insurance and Medicare Advantage plans. Consider both the monthly premium price and the out-of-pocket expenses you’ll be responsible for. And don’t forget to look for plans that cover what Medicare doesn’t.
Remember, you only have a limited time to add supplemental insurance to your Medicare plan. Open enrollment, which runs from October to December, is the only time of year you can change your coverage. Act now before you miss this short window.
If you’re interested in supplemental Medicare insurance, start a search today.