Things Medicare Doesn’t Cover #3 – Dental Care

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Medicare is a government health insurance program for those aged 65 and older, as well as certain individuals with disabilities. While Medicare offers extensive benefits, it’s equally important to recognize its coverage limitations and gaps to prevent unexpected expenses.

Understanding what Medicare does not cover empowers you to explore alternative options and ensure comprehensive healthcare access as you approach 65 or qualify for Medicare due to disabilities.

Dental Care

Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) generally does not cover routine dental exams, cleanings, fillings, or dentures, leaving beneficiaries responsible for the full cost of these services.

Routine dental exams and cleanings are essential for oral health, but they are not considered medically necessary by Original Medicare and, therefore, are not covered.

Fillings, crowns, and other restorative dental procedures are also not covered by Medicare.

The cost of dentures, whether partial or complete sets, is not covered under Original Medicare. Dentures are classified as dental appliances and fall outside of Medicare’s coverage.

Despite limited dental coverage under Original Medicare, alternative options can help address dental care needs. Medicare Advantage plans (Part C), offered by private insurance companies, often provide additional benefits beyond Original Medicare. Some Medicare Advantage plans include dental coverage, covering routine dental exams, cleanings, fillings, and even dentures. Reviewing the dental benefits of each Medicare Advantage plan is crucial to finding suitable coverage.

Standalone dental insurance plans are another option. These plans focus solely on dental coverage and can be purchased separately to supplement Original Medicare. They offer varying levels of coverage for routine dental services, restorative procedures, and dentures, allowing beneficiaries to choose a plan that meets their dental care needs.

What Else Doesn’t Medicare Cover?

There are ten things that Medicare doesn’t cover:

  1. Vision Care
  2. Hearing Services
  3. Dental Care
  4. Overseas Care
  5. Podiatry Services
  6. Cosmetic Surgery
  7. Acupuncture
  8. Massage Therapy
  9. Nursing Home Care
  10. Concierge Care

Can I Answer Any Questions for You?

If you have any questions, I’m always happy to help you figure out what coverage you have and what additional coverage you may need.

Being aware of what Medicare does not cover is critical for individuals seeking comprehensive healthcare coverage. Familiarizing themselves with Medicare’s limitations and gaps allows individuals to make informed decisions and plan accordingly, avoiding unexpected expenses.

By staying well-informed about Medicare’s coverage gaps, individuals can take charge of their healthcare decisions. Exploring supplemental coverage options helps create a comprehensive healthcare plan that meets specific needs and ensures financial security.

It is my life’s mission to help fellow seniors understand Medicare and make sure you have the coverage that best meets your needs.

Contact me today, I’m here for you!

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