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HomeMedicare and the Virus
Everyone is thinking about what to do about coronavirus, including Medicare. Here is what they have to say so far about benefits specifically related to the virus.

Medicare covers the lab tests for COVID-19. You pay no out-of-pocket costs.
Medicare covers all medically necessary hospitalizations. This includes if you're diagnosed with COVID-19 and might otherwise have been discharged from the hospital after an inpatient stay, but instead you need to stay in the hospital under quarantine.
At this time, there's no vaccine for COVID-19. However, if one becomes available, it will be covered by all Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (Part D).
If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan, you have access to these same benefits. Medicare allows these plans to waive cost-sharing for COVID-19 lab tests.

Scammers may use the coronavirus national emergency to take advantage of people while they’re distracted. As always, guard your Medicare card like a credit card, check Medicare claims summary forms for errors, and if someone calls asking for your Medicare number, hang up!

There are also new, temporary guidelines for tele-health that will be reported in another e-mail.
April 5, 2020