The new year is the perfect time to address medical needs and ailments, as most Americans resolve to be healthier and live better. If you are one of 44 million Americans currently covered under Medicare Insurance, you may have questions about the tests and treatments surrounding Glaucoma.
According to the Medicare.gov website: More than 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma. Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can cause permanent vision loss and blindness. Some forms of glaucoma don’t have any symptoms, so you may still have glaucoma even if you don’t have any trouble seeing or feel any pain. If you find and get treatment for glaucoma early, you can protect your eyes from serious vision loss.
You’re at high risk for glaucoma if one or more of these applies to you:
- You have diabetes.
- You have a family history of glaucoma.
- You’re African American and 50 or older.
- You’re Hispanic and 65 or older.
If you fall into this category, it is important to note that Medicare, under the Part B Coverage, will allow a glaucoma test once every 12 months. If you are unsure of your status, ask your eye-doctor or regular physician for help. It is important to understand that an eye doctor who’s legally allowed to do this test in NH (or your state, if you live elsewhere) must administer or supervise the screening.
Should you need treatment for glaucoma, or other assistive items like eyeglasses, check with your provider concerning your out of pocket costs. Typically, original Medicare coverage of routine vision care is limited, some Medicare Advantage plans may include additional vision benefits. For many, Medicare Advantage plan, vision benefits may include:
- Preventive eye exams covered under Original Medicare
- Routine eye exams
- Eyeglasses (frames and lenses)
- Contact lenses
Open enrollment has passed, but if you have an emergency situation you may still be eligible to apply for benefits. Regardless of your status, Brownell Insurance would be happy to provide information and expert advice on your options and financial responsibilities under Medicare.
Contact Marie today for details. Marie@BrownellInsurance.com