Are There Additional Ways I can Access Similar Services?In some cases, there may be no Medicare Advantage Plan in your area that covers the supplemental benefits that you need, or you might find that Original Medicare offers better coverage of services that are important to you. You may still be able to access services that Original Medicare does not cover.

  • Medigaps: Generally, Medigaps, which are Medicare supplementary insurance, only pay secondary to Medicare in cases where Medicare covers a service and pays primary. But some Medigaps also offer additional days of inpatient hospital care beyond what is covered by Original Medicare and/or emergency medical services received outside of the United States, which are not covered by Original Medicare. Medigaps can also offer fitness benefits or other targeted supplemental coverage in some states.
  • Medicaid: Medicaid is a federal and state program that provides health coverage for certain people with limited income and assets. In some states, Medicaid covers services that are not covered by Medicare, including dental, vision, long term care, and transportation. To learn more about your state’s Medicaid program, you can contact your local State Health Assistance Program (SHIP) by calling 877-839-2675 or visiting www.shiptacenter.org
  • Reduced-cost or free clinics: You may be able to access the services you need through a free or reduced-cost clinic in your area. Use resources available at NeedyMeds.org, healthcare.gov, freeclinics.com, and hhs.gov for more information.
  • Donated dental service programs or dental schools: Donated dental services programs operate in some states. Dentists in these programs offer free dental services if you qualify. You may also be able to get low-cost dental care at a dental school, where dental students work with patients under the supervision of experienced, licensed dentists.
  • Administration for Community Living (ACL) eldercare locator: Visit eldercare.acl.gov to learn about other resources in your community, such as long-term care and legal aid.

Read More: What is Considered a Supplemental Benefit?
Learn About: In 2020, What Types of Supplements Benefits do Medicare Plans Cover?
Return to: Medicare Advantage

Are There Additional Ways I can Access Similar Services?In some cases, there may be no Medicare Advantage Plan in your area that covers the supplemental benefits that you need, or you might find that Original Medicare offers better coverage of services that are important to you. You may still be able to access services that Original Medicare does not cover.

  • Medigaps: Generally, Medigaps, which are Medicare supplementary insurance, only pay secondary to Medicare in cases where Medicare covers a service and pays primary. But some Medigaps also offer additional days of inpatient hospital care beyond what is covered by Original Medicare and/or emergency medical services received outside of the United States, which are not covered by Original Medicare. Medigaps can also offer fitness benefits or other targeted supplemental coverage in some states.
  • Medicaid: Medicaid is a federal and state program that provides health coverage for certain people with limited income and assets. In some states, Medicaid covers services that are not covered by Medicare, including dental, vision, long term care, and transportation. To learn more about your state’s Medicaid program, you can contact your local State Health Assistance Program (SHIP) by calling 877-839-2675 or visiting www.shiptacenter.org
  • Reduced-cost or free clinics: You may be able to access the services you need through a free or reduced-cost clinic in your area. Use resources available at NeedyMeds.org, healthcare.gov, freeclinics.com, and hhs.gov for more information.
  • Donated dental service programs or dental schools: Donated dental services programs operate in some states. Dentists in these programs offer free dental services if you qualify. You may also be able to get low-cost dental care at a dental school, where dental students work with patients under the supervision of experienced, licensed dentists.
  • Administration for Community Living (ACL) eldercare locator: Visit eldercare.acl.gov to learn about other resources in your community, such as long-term care and legal aid.

Read More: What is Considered a Supplemental Benefit?
Learn About: In 2020, What Types of Supplements Benefits do Medicare Plans Cover?
Return to: Medicare Advantage

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