What Is Covered Under Medicare? 2022 Update

Published January 04, 2024

Medicare Coverage Information

Figuring out what Medicare will and won't cover can be difficult. We've compiled a list of some of the most commonly answered Medicare coverage questions, below. Learn what sort of procedures, Durable Medical Equipment and benefits Medicare will cover, and under what conditions.

Does Medicare Cover Incontinence Supplies?

Original Medicare does not cover traditional incontinence supplies, including adult diapers, underwear and pads.

Does Medicare Cover Physicals?

Medicare does not cover physical exams. However, you can check up on your health with Medicare's annual wellness visits.

Does Medicare Cover Varicose Vein Treatment?

Medicare may cover the treatment of varicose veins if it is medically necessary. Learn more about the out-of-pocket Medicare insurance costs you can expect.

Does Medicare Cover Wigs?

Coverage for wigs is not typically offered by Original Medicare, even if your loss of hair is the result of a medical condition. Learn more.

Does Medigap Cover Dental and Vision Care?

Medicare Supplement insurance does not cover dental and vision. Medicare may cover some dental and vision costs, but only in certain situations.

Does Medicare Cover Sleep Apnea Testing?

If you have Medicare and fear you may also have sleep apnea, you may have the coverage you need.

What You Should Know About Hip Replacements

Hip replacement surgery can improve functionality and relieve pain. Learn more about your options.

Getting Medigap With Pre-existing Conditions

You can buy Medicare Supplement insurance with a pre-existing condition if you buy your plan during your Medigap open enrollment period.

Does Medicare Cover Laser Spine Surgery?

If you're considering laser surgery to treat spinal pain, here's what you need to know about Medicare's coverage and costs.

Does Medicare Cover Rehab?

Does Medicare cover rehab? If you're recovering from an injury, here's what you need to know about Medicare's coverage of care.

Does Medicare Cover Physical Therapy?

Does Medicare cover physical therapy? Learn what Medicare will cover and what costs you may have to pay.

Does Medicare Cover Cancer Treatment After Age 76?

Medicare plans offer some coverage for cancer treatments after age 76 as long as deductibles and copays are met.

Does Medicare Cover Knee Braces?

Medicare Part B may cover your knee brace if it is considered medically necessary. Read on to learn more.

Does Medicare Cover Cataract Surgery?

While Original Medicare does cover the cost of cataract surgery, it may not cover advanced lens implants or additional glasses. Also expect out-of-pocket costs.

Does Medicare Cover Prevnar 13?

Medicare Part B provides coverage for Prevnar 13 and other pneumococcal vaccines. Learn more about how often your vaccinations are covered.

Does Medicare Cover Drug Rehab?

Medicare  helps cover alcohol and drug rehabilitation costs in inpatient and outpatient settings. Check to see the eligibility requirements.

Does Medicare Cover Wheelchairs?

Does Medicare cover the cost of wheelchairs? Yes. Medicare Part B can help pay for necessary medical equipment.

Does Medicare Cover Glasses?

Medicare does not typically cover the cost of eyeglasses. But there is one situation that all Medicare patients should be aware of.

Does Medicare Cover Sleep Studies?

Medicare may cover a sleep study to determine whether or not you suffer from sleep apnea. Learn more.

Does Medicare Cover Gender Reassignment Surgery?

Original Medicare may cover gender reassignment surgery for those who qualify. Hormone therapy medications are covered by Part D

Medicare and Sexual Health

Medicare provides limited sexual health coverage for beneficiaries. Learn what important treatments, services and devices are covered, and which ones aren't.

Medicare and Medigap Alzheimer’s Coverage

Medicare provides some coverage for Alzheimer’s Disease treatments. Medigap can help cover some costs for treatment and necessary long-term care.

Does Medicare Cover Dentures?

In general, Medicare doesn't cover dentures or other dental services. Learn more about the exceptions to these rules.

Does Medicare Cover Prescriptions?

Original Medicare does not cover prescription drugs. For prescription drug coverage, enroll in a Medicare Part D plan.

Do Medicare Supplement Insurance Policies Cover Prescription Drugs?

Medicare Supplement insurance policies do not include prescription drug coverage. If you need this benefit, you can enroll in a Medicare Part D plan.

Does Medicare Cover Flu Shots?

Getting your annual flu shot is important. Here's what you need to know about Medicare's coverage of the influenza vaccine.

Does Medicare Cover the Shingles Vaccine?

Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) does not cover the shingles vaccination. Medicare Part D drug plans generally cover the vaccine.

Does Medicare Cover Nursing Homes?

Medicare covers limited skilled nursing care in nursing homes if you meet certain provisions and requirements. It does not cover long-term care.

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