Medicare covers COVID-19 care, which includes testing, treatment, and prevention. To get this medical insurance coverage, you need Medicare Part B.
If you test positive for COVID-19 and have a mild to moderate case, or you’re at high risk of requiring hospitalization, Medicare Part B covers COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment. Furthermore, you pay nothing for this treatment during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency when treated by a Medicare provider or supplier.
Monoclonal antibody treatments can help fight the disease and keep you out of the hospital. Infusion of monoclonal antibodies is FDA-authorized to treat COVID-19. (Medicare.gov)
To prevent COVID-19 infection, Medicare expanded telehealth coverage. Telehealth allows you to communicate with healthcare providers using your smartphone, computer, or other devices.
Discover Coronavirus tips to stay safe and how wearing a cloth mask protects you from COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself is to get a COVID-19 vaccine. On August 23, 2021, the FDA first approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for people ages 16 and older.
Medicare also covers other vaccines:
If you have Hepatitis B, your skin and the whites of your eyes may turn yellow. Medicare Part B pays for the Hepatitis B vaccine when you are at risk. Thus, it costs Medicare beneficiaries nothing! If you do not have Medicare Part B, you can apply for Medicare.
The pneumococcal vaccine protects you from bacterial infections caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. Medicare Part B will pay for two different pneumococcal shots, and each shot protects against different strains of bacteria. You can talk with your doctor to determine if you need one or both shots.
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