You Deserve Extra: Medicare Benefits You Might Not Know About
Depending on your Medicare plan, you may have access to additional care and service options.
Here's a look at some of the benefits you may have access to (depending on your plan) to make the most of your Medicare.
Dental, Vision, and Hearing Coverage
Some Medicare Advantage Plans (Part C) offer extra benefits that Original Medicare doesn’t cover, including dental, vision, and hearing. Clover Health, for instance, offers plans that include coverage for these services. Before you make an appointment with a dentist, eye care provider, or a hearing doctor, check your coverage for these extra benefits.
When an in-person visit with your doctor isn’t an option, you might be able to have a telehealth appointment. Many plans, including Clover Health, can connect you to a doctor or nurse practitioner on a phone call or video conference.
Savings on Everyday Health Items
Depending on your Medicare plan, you may be able to save money on over-the-counter (OTC) products like bandages, vitamins, pain relievers, allergy tablets, and thermometers. At Clover Health, all plans include allowances for OTC items.
Original Medicare doesn’t cover gym memberships or fitness programs. But if you have a Medicare Advantage plan, you might be able to take advantage of SilverSneakers.
This fitness and wellness program is offered at no extra cost as part of eligible Medicare plans. Enjoy in-person classes at participating gyms as well as on-demand videos and live online workshops.
To help you understand what you will pay for any care or service, please refer to your Evidence of Coverage or call your plan. Clover Health members can call 1-888-778-1478 (TTY 711).
This article was originally published in the spring 2022 issue of Clover Living magazine. Want to see more articles like this? Subscribe to Clover Living magazine for free (if you aren’t already subscribed) here.
This article was medically reviewed by Dr. Kumar Dharmarajan
Published on 1/19/22
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