Sleep Apnea? Medicare Can Help

Snoring may be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea.

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Sleep apnea affects many people and can lead to various health issues over time. If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, Medicare Part B may help cover the costs of CPAP therapy. Receiving treatment can improve many areas of your life and health.


There are many different signs that signal you could be experiencing sleep apnea. If you find yourself snoring so loudly that others complain or find that you are excessively sleepy throughout the day, sleep apnea may be to blame. It may also cause you to experience pauses in your breathing during the night. While it may not seem like a big deal, it can be quite serious, increasing your risk for heart disease, diabetes, cognitive decline, and other significant health factors.  A doctor should weigh in on the seriousness of your symptoms.


If your doctor suspects that you may be experiencing obstructive sleep apnea, they will likely want to refer you to a sleep center for further testing. Testing will generally require an overnight stay to monitor your breathing, oxygen levels, movements, and heart activity while you sleep. The information gathered is then used to determine if you in fact are experiencing sleep apnea and what the cause may be. While there are several different types, the most common is obstructive sleep apnea. A CPAP machine is commonly used to treat moderate to severe cases. This treatment works by attaching a breathing mask over your nose. The mask supplies a continuous stream of air pressure to keep your airways open throughout your sleep.

Medicare Coverage

Your Medicare Plan B insurance may help you cover the costs of CPAP treatment. Once you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, you may qualify for a 3-month trial renting the CPAP machine. If your doctor confirms that the therapy is helping you, you may continue to receive coverage for a total of 13 months. After the 13-month rental period, you will become the owner of the CPAP machine. Medicare will likely cover most of the costs; however, you will be responsible for 20% of the Medicare-approved costs as well your Part B deductible.


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Cali Naughton graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington. She joined the marketing team at Empower Brokerage in the spring of 2021 as a marketing specialist and the department photographer.

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