How Much Does Medicare Pay for Cataract Surgery? 

Your eyesight is one of your most important senses, but it is also one of the commonly affected senses as you age. Many seniors find that their eyesight isn’t what it used to be, but for many seniors, corrective lenses or contacts can usually remedy the problem and restore 20/20 vision. There are, however, some eye conditions that require more intensive treatment. Glaucoma is a common concern among seniors as are cataracts. In the latter condition, eyesight diminishes over time, and it may not become…

Does Medicare Cover Insulin? 

Today in the United States, type two diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. In fact, around 25 percent of people who are older than 65 are impacted by it, and even more have pre-diabetes.  Having type two diabetes means that your body isn’t using the insulin it produces correctly, and that results in blood sugar rising above normal levels. Some people who have been diagnosed are able to control their blood sugar by eating right and getting exercise. Studies show that people with…

Does Medicare Cover Cancer Treatment? 

If you’re dealing with a diagnosis of cancer, you shouldn’t have to worry about how you are going to pay for your treatment. This is a time when all your focus should be on getting stronger and into recovery.  Today, cancer treatments have made great advances, but some are still very costly. That’s why it’s important to know how your Medicare benefits will help you. Medicare may help cover medically necessary treatments, supplies, services, and prescription drugs to help you get through this difficult time. …

Does Medicare Cover Hospital Beds? 

Today in the United States, more seniors are staying at home and taking advantage of home health care services. Staying in the home with outside care coming in, helps them feel more comfortable, independent, and emotionally well.  Studies show that when surgery patients receive home health care instead of a hospital or skilled nursing care, they recover faster. This is probably because they are in a familiar environment and surrounded by family members and friends. These studies also show that recovery at home helps prevent…

Does Medicare Cover Orthotics? 

If you are experiencing foot, ankle, or back pain, your health care provider may suggest wearing an orthotic to treat or correct a physical problem that is causing your discomfort. Physicians often prescribe orthotics to treat many medical conditions such as the following: Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis that cause foot discomfort or abnormal bone positioning Back pain that is caused by abnormal foot positioning Bunions that are causing foot deformities Bursitis which is inflammation of the heel or toe Diabetic neuropathy Flat feet Hammer toes  Heel spurs High arches …

How do I Choose a Medicare Supplement Plan? 

Medicare Supplement, or Medigap plans, are insurance policies sold by private insurance companies affiliated with Medicare. They supplement Original Medicare Part A and B benefits by filling in some of the financial gaps. Depending on the type of Medigap plan you get, it can help lower your Medicare costs, including coinsurance, copayments, and foreign travel emergency medical expenses, among other expensesYou can purchase a Medigap plan during the six-month open enrollment period for Medigap that begins when you are 65 and enrolled in Part B….

Does Medicare Cover the Shingles Vaccine? 

According to the United States Department of Health & Human Services, around 50 percent of shingles cases in this country occur in people over 60, and your risk of getting shingles increases greatly by the time you reach 70. So, what are shingles? It’s a disease caused by the same virus as chickenpox. If this virus becomes active, it can set off a painful, inflamed skin rash that often produces fluid-filled blisters.  If you had chickenpox when you were young, the virus can remain dormant…

Does Medicare Cover a Chiropractor? 

Chiropractic care focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system, bones, nerves, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Chiropractors help patients through spinal adjustment and joint realignment. They find that by making these adjustments, they can also improve the function of other systems within the body.  When you visit a chiropractic office, the providers examine the position of your spine and your muscle reflexes. They may also perform other tests and take X-rays before diagnosing your condition and coming up with a treatment plan.  Along with spinal manipulation, chiropractors commonly…

Does Medicare Cover a Colonoscopy? 

Who doesn’t cringe when hearing the word colonoscopy? If you’re over 50, you’ve probably had one or two in your lifetime, and even if you don’t look forward to your next colonoscopy you know it’s a smart thing to do. In the United States, colon cancer is number three on the list of most common types of cancers But it’s also one of the most preventable types of cancer, and having a colonoscopy is what makes that true.   Physicians perform colonoscopies by inserting a tube,…

Does Medicare Cover Dental Implants? 

Dental implant procedures are becoming more and more common, even among seniors. Getting a dental implant requires oral surgery to place the titanium post(s) into the bone mass where the root portion of the missing tooth was. Then an extension of the post (an abutment) is installed, and finally, an artificial tooth, or crown, is placed on the abutment.  A dental implant procedure can take up to several months because of the healing process, but the result is a tooth that looks and feels like…