Did you know every year there are changes to Medicare? It’s true. Each year, the government makes slight adjustments to Medicare by adding or removing benefits. Below are the current changes for 2021 from the Medicare and You Handbook for 2021. As always, consult with your Insurance agent to stay on top of your Medicare coverage.
Insulin Coverage Changes In 2021
Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage) now covers more of the cost associated with insulin for diabetic patients. This upgrade of coverage will lead to lower out of pocket payments for Part D beneficiaries who need insulin regularly.
Acupuncture Coverage Changes In 2021
Medicare now covers up to 12 visits for acupuncture every 90 days to treat chronic back pain. This will be great for beneficiaries who require regular acupuncture visits to not have to pay out of pocket.
Telehealth and Electronic Visits
One of the most important new changes to Medicare is that Medicare now covers virtual visits and video calling with your doctors. This comes as a response to COVID-19 making it riskier for older patients to see their healthcare professionals during this time. Medicare will now cover telehealth, E-Visits, and Virtual Check-Ins, which are all ways of receiving healthcare without having to risk seeing a doctor in person. This will help protect the most at-risk beneficiaries while still allowing them to receive healthcare and advice from their doctors.
New Information and Info Services
The remainder of the changes to Medicare in 2021 come in the form of website additions and extra information. Medicare.gov now has information regarding COVID-19 and the website has new tools for comparing plans as well as comparing doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, and other services. You can find the new plan comparing tools at medicare.gov/plan-compare. These new tools can help you get the best plan and care available to you.
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