Hearing & balance exams & hearing aids

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Your doctor or other health care provider may recommend you get services more often than Medicare covers. Or, they may recommend services that Medicare doesn’t cover. If this happens, you may have to pay some or all of the costs. It’s important to ask questions so you understand why your doctor is recommending certain services and whether Medicare will pay for them.
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Medicare coverage of hearing loss and hearing aids

Medicare, the federal health insurance program, covers people who are 65 or older, as well as some younger individuals with disabilities or severe diseases. However, Medicare does not cover all costs of medical services, which is where the rules can get tricky. There are a number of factors affecting coverage, so it is imperative all individuals take the different kinds of coverage available into consideration. Before we get into answering the hearing aids question, we need to understand what it does and does not cover. If you want to skip to the answer, click down to the section Items not covered by Medicare.
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Does Medicare Cover Hearing Aids?

If you have a Medicare Advantage plan and hearing services are covered, then follow your health plan’s rules for scheduling hearing appointments. For example, don’t call a hearing specialist directly if your Medicare Advantage plan requires you to go through a primary care doctor first for a referral. You might want to contact your Medicare Advantage or other health plan to see if it offers hearing exams and hearing aid discounts through a specific program.
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Does Medicare Cover Hearing Aids?

Nancy, Hearing aids are expensive! There are a few options. If you don’t have a Medigap policy, you can join a Medicare Advantage plan that has limited hearing coverage during the Medicare Annual Election Period, you can check to see if there are any stand-alone hearing plans in your are, and, lastly, you can see if there any advocacy groups that help with hearing aid coverage. If you need help finding a Medicare Advantage plan that covers hearing, call one of our Senior65 licensed independent agents at 800-930-7956. -Chris from https://www.senior65.com/
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Dental Care, Eyewear & Hearing Aids

Participating doctors, hospitals and other health care providers are independent contractors. They’re neither agents nor employees of Aetna. The availability of any particular provider can’t be guaranteed. Provider network make-up is subject to change. 
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Why Doesn’t Medicare Pay For Hearing Aids Or Eyeglasses?

Hearing aids are elective to, just like glasses. Patients are responsible for 100% of the bill. However Medicare, in certain circumstances, will cover the cost of a prosthetic device. Often though, the cost of prosthetics far outweigh the costs of a hearing aid. This elective also extends to routine hearing tests, which are also the responsibility of the Medicare patient. Regulations vary by the state however, so there may be some exceptions to the contrary. Though most states operate under the same mindset. One exception, though limited, is coverage based on an advantage plan; a secondary premium insurance add on.
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Medicare.gov: the official U.S. government site for Medicare

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Michigan health insurance plans

From the young to the young at heart, we have award-winning health insurance plans for Michigan individuals & families, small & large employers, Medicare and Medicaid members.
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Medicare Hospital Compare Quality of Care

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Medicare Health Plans, Coverage And Online Enrollment

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*Plan performance summary star ratings are assessed each year and may change from one year to the next. (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Health Plan Management System, Plan Ratings 2012. Kaiser Permanente contract #H0524, #H0630, #H1170, #H1230, #H2150, #H6360, #H9003). This page was last updated: October 1, 2012 at 12 a.m. PT
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Affordable Health Coverage

Rating and national average are based on Controlling High Blood Pressure 2013 ratings from the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) for commercial plans published by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. HEDIS is a tool used by more than 90 percent of America’s health plans to measure performance on important dimensions of care and service. HEDIS is a registered trademark of the National Committee of Quality Assurance (NCQA). For more information, visit ncqa.org.
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Kaiser Permanente Medicare Advantage Plans with Part D (Prescription Drug) Coverage

The following Kaiser Permanente plans offer Medicare Advantage and Part D coverage to California residents. Medicare Advantage plans, also known as Medicare Part C, are alternatives to original Medicare. These plans help cover the costs of services provided by hospitals, doctors, lab tests and some preventive screenings. These plans’ Part D component helps cover prescription drugs. Even if a plan’s monthly premium is $0, you would still pay the equivalent of the original Medicare premium. Not all plans shown here will be available to you; enter your zip code to see plans in your area. You can read about whether Medicare Advantage is right for you. If you only want plans with drug coverage, browse Prescription Drug (Part D) Plans.
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Kaiser Permanente Careers

Advocating the total health of our members, communities, and planet starts with supporting our more than 195,000 employees and physicians. We know that when you are at your best, that energy translates into positively changing the world in little ways every day. Let’s work together to motivate health.
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BCBS Medicare Advantage Plans

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This insurance carrier understands the importance of Medicare, and they’ve gone to great lengths to ensure its continued success among beneficiaries. This is vital, as research suggests that the country’s senior citizen population of number of senior citizens will grow to 90 million by 2050, adding to the demand for healthcare services. In addition, over a 20-year period, a 65-year-old couple’s average total medical expenses will be $218,000, in addition to what Medicare already covers. As such, in April 2015, the carrier announced the launch of a private health insurance exchange, designed to assist Medicare-eligible retirees with the switch from group health benefits to individual Medicare Advantage coverage, including MA, Part D and Medigap plans.
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BCBS Medicare Supplement Plans 2016

With these plans, Medicare policyholders can receive coverage on top of what is provided by original Medicare. While Medicare covers a number of medical expenses, it can still leave a many of them for subscribers to pay for out of their own pockets. That is where these supplemental plans come in, offering coverage that can’t be found anywhere else.
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Medicare Supplement Insurance

*Plans K-N provide for different cost-sharing than plans A-G. Plans K and L pay 100% of hospitalization and preventive care Basic Benefits. All other Basic Benefits are paid at 50% (Plan K) and 75% (Plan L). Once you reach the annual limit, the plan pays 100% of the Medicare copayments, coinsurance and deductibles for the rest of the calendar year. The out-of-pocket annual limit does NOT include charges from your provider that exceed Medicare-approved amounts, called “excess charges.” You are responsible for paying excess charges. Plan N covers Basic Benefits after a $20 copay for office visits and a $50 copay for emergency room visits. **The out-of-pocket annual limit may increase each year for inflation. (2016 limits shown) † Network restrictions apply
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Anthem BlueCross BlueShield Indiana

*Plan F also has an option called high deductible Plan F (HD-F). This high deductible plan pays the same benefits as Plan F after one has paid a calendar year $2,100 deductible. Benefits from high deductible Plan F will not begin until out-of-pocket expenses exceed $2,100. Out-of-pocket expeneses for this deductible are expenses that would ordinarily be paid by the policy. These expenses include the Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B deductibles, but do not include the plan’s separate foreign travel emergency deductible.
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Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Indiana

By law, Medicare Supplement insurance is standardized into twelve plans (Plans A through L). That means Plan F from one company must include the same benefits as plan F from another company. While the benefits must be the same, each company’s rates, reputation, membership features and quality of service can vary. With Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana, you don’t have to sacrifice comprehensive benefits or freedom-of-choice for affordability. Their Medicare Supplement plans provide substantial benefits at rates that can save you money over other plans.
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Medicare Plans for Different Needs

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UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives. Our goal is to simplify the health care experience, help you meet your health and wellness needs and carry on trusted relationships with care providers. We offer a wide range of Medicare Advantage, Medicare prescription drug and Medicare Special Needs Plans that might be a good fit for you.
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Medicare.gov: the official U.S. government site for Medicare

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Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight

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About Medicare Enrollment Periods

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If you are 65 and not yet receiving Social Security or Railroad Retirement Board benefits (because you’re still working), Medicare enrollment may work differently. If you aren’t already getting retirement benefits when you turn 65, you won’t be automatically enrolled in Medicare Part B and will need to sign up during your Initial Enrollment Period.  If you have coverage through active employment and choose to delay enrollment in Medicare Part B, you will be given a Special Enrollment Period that starts when you stop working or your employer-sponsored health insurance ends. If you don’t sign up during this time, you can do so during the General Enrollment Period, but may owe a late-enrollment penalty (see below for more details).
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Medicare Initial Enrollment Period

Initial enrollment in Original Medicare, Part A and/or Part B, occurs automatically if you are turning 65 and already getting Social Security or Railroad Retirement Benefits (RRB) benefits or will start collecting retirement at age 65. You will need to sign up for Medicare Part B at the time that you apply for retirement benefits, and Medicare Part A enrollment occurs automatically if you are eligible for Social Security retirement. A Medicare card will be mailed out about three months before your 65th birthday.
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Medicare Supplement Open Enrollment Period

As mentioned, the timing of your enrollment may affect your coverage choices and costs. In general, the best time to enroll in a Medicare Supplement plan is during your Medigap Open Enrollment Period. This is the six-month period that starts on first day of the month that you are both 65 or older and enrolled in Medicare Part B. Throughout this period, you can enroll in any Medigap plan offered in your service area with guaranteed issue. This means that insurance companies aren’t allowed to use your medical history or pre-existing conditions as the basis for charging you more for coverage or denying you altogether. If you have medical issues or disabilities, it’s especially important to take advantage of this period: Your Medigap Open Enrollment Period may be one of the few times that you have a guaranteed right to enroll in any Medicare Supplement plan in your area.
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Dental Coverage Under Medicare

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For complete dental coverage, you can shop online at www.ehealthinsurance.com to learn about and buy an individual dental insurance plan that fits your personal needs. You may also have group dental insurance available, if either you or your spouse is employed. Be sure to read the plans carefully. Some dental plans require you to stay within a network of dental care providers. The premiums may be a bit higher for this type of plan, but the costs are offset by lower out-of-pocket fees, like copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles, mainly because network dentists usually agree to charge discounted rates to members of the dental plan. Other plans let you go to any licensed dental professional, but you may have to pay more at the time of service.
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Dental Insurance for Seniors on Medicare

As with any insurance, it’s a good idea to purchase a dental plan before you’re facing a crisis. By buying dental insurance for seniors before problems arise, you’ll generally get a better rate. However, if you already suspect that you need serious dental work, it still makes sense to apply. That’s because once you’re approved, the plan may potentially save you some money by allowing you to purchase the dental services you need at the insurance company’s lower, negotiated rates. But be warned: you may pay much higher premiums or be rejected outright if dental problems have already manifest themselves.
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Does Medicare Cover Dental Care?

For example, Medicare might pay for a tooth extraction if it is required before heart surgery. Or, a person with oral cancer might get a procedure covered prior to radiation treatment. Even if Medicare does pay for some services as preparation for a medical procedure, it will not cover the cost of implants or dentures.
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Does Medicare ever cover dental services?

will not cover dental care that you need primarily for the health of your teeth. For example, Medicare will not cover routine checkups, cleanings, or pay for you to get fillings. Medicare will never pay for dentures. Even if Medicare has paid for you to have teeth pulled (extracted) as preparation for a medical procedure, Medicare will not cover the cost of implants or dentures (complete or partial/bridge); you will be responsible for the full cost.
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Help fight Medicare fraud

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Medicare.gov: the official U.S. government site for Medicare

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Medicare Fraud Strike Force

These teams have a proven record of success in analyzing data and investigative intelligence to quickly identify fraud and bring prosecutions. The interagency collaboration also enhances the effectiveness of the Strike Force model. For example, OIG refers credible allegations of fraud to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) so that it can suspend payments to the suspected perpetrators, thereby immediately preventing losses from claims submitted by Strike Force targets.
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How to Report Fraud and Suspected Fraud

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Medicare.gov: the official U.S. government site for Medicare

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