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Medicare Coverage of COVID-19 Related Items

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Let’s face it: COVID-19 has plagued us all since year 2020 and since then a lot has changed. Mask mandates, vaccines and testing continues to be a hot topic. But this doesn’t change the fact that many still need aid when facing the virus. If you find yourself needing any COVID-related services, it is important to know where to get them and what is covered.

Vaccines:

If you have Medicare, FDA-Authorized vaccines and boosters are covered at no cost to you. If you are age 50+ and/or immunocompromised, you may be able to get a second booster if needed, at no additional cost. Remember, your provider cannot charge you for an office visit or other fee if the vaccine is the only medical service you get.

Testing:

Medicare covers FDA-Authorized COVID-19 and antibody tests at testing sites. Recently, Medicare announced that they will now cover up to 8 over the counter COVID-19 tests each calendar month, also at no cost. You will have to show your Medicare card when receiving the tests. Note: These tests are covered under Part B of Medicare. If you only have Part A you may still be able to receive the at home tests at no cost through other programs.

Monoclonal Antibody Treatments:

Medicare covers FDA-Authorized monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19 if certain criteria apply, for example: You have a positive COVID-19 test and have a mild to moderate case of COVID but you are at a high risk of developing a severe case of COVID and/or requiring hospitalization. If you meet these criteria, you will pay nothing for the monoclonal antibody treatments you get from Medicare providers or suppliers.

Hospital Coverage:

Medicare covers inpatient hospital care if you are admitted to a hospital as per a doctor’s order which states you need inpatient hospital care OR if the hospital’s Utilization Review Committee approves your stay while you’re admitted. The hospital must accept Medicare for it to be covered. Note: if your doctor recommends services that are not covered by Medicare, you could be liable for some or all costs. Be sure to ask questions up front so you are aware if the services will be covered by Medicare.

While Medicare does cover many services now, it is important to note that these items may change, or cease to be covered, once the COVID-19 public health emergency ends.

More information on this topic can be found at https://www.medicare.gov/medicare-coronavirus

For help with this and any questions you may have about Medicare, contact AMAC’s Medicare Advisory Service.

Call 1-855-696-7535 or visit www.amac.us/medicare


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Ann LaBeau
2 months ago

Is anyone investigating vaccine injuries and if so how do you reach them?

Dan W.
2 months ago
Reply to  Ann LaBeau

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) may provide financial compensation to individuals who file a petition and are found to have been injured by a VICP-covered vaccine. 

Note that if the injury is related to the Covid vaccine or any other vaccination, medication, device, or other item recommended to diagnose, prevent or treat a declared pandemic, epidemic or security threat, the petition would be filed under the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP).

Check out the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) website for details.

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Sabrinah Cave
2 months ago
Reply to  Ann LaBeau

Hello Ann,

You can contact the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) if you or a loved one has been adversely affected by a vaccine, including any medications or vaccines used to treat Covid-19. They provide resources for those who have suffered as a result of taking a vaccine.

Please visit this website for more information: https://www.hrsa.gov/cicp

Last edited 2 months ago by Sabrinah Cave
Smike
2 months ago

According to the internet that we all trust as being accurate – the average age admitted to the hospitals for Covid treatment lately are between 20-49 with the average being around 44. They are not eligible for Medicare, who’s paying their bill? Medical insurance, emergency federal funds, hospitals are not free. They may settle for pennies on the dollar but they generally get paid something to cover their cost. Who’s paying the bill?

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Sabrinah Cave
2 months ago
Reply to  Smike

That is an excellent question. As Federal Covid funding for the uninsured dissipates we have yet to find out who will be on the hook for all of these unpaid hospital bills.

Last edited 2 months ago by Sabrinah Cave
Susan Miller
2 months ago

My oldest brother got his booster shot in January. It killed him. My other brother did not vax per his doctor’s advice because he had advanced COPD. He got Covid in October. Spent 3 days in the hospital getting the Real cure(Ivermectin, Hydrochloraquin, vitamins C D

Dan W.
2 months ago
Reply to  Susan Miller

Sorry to hear about your older brother.

Would you tell us the name and city of the hospital that treated your other brother ?

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Sabrinah Cave
2 months ago
Reply to  Susan Miller

Hello Susan,

I am very sorry to hear about your oldest brother. My deepest condolences for you and your family.

Brian Myers
2 months ago

So, where do I go to get assistance for the Cardio Myocarditis I got from taking the Vaccine?

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Sabrinah Cave
2 months ago
Reply to  Brian Myers

Hello Brian,

I would like to share some information that may be helpful. Although it certainly does not make up for the injuries you’ve endured, there are resources available for those who have suffered as a result of taking a vaccine. Please visit this website for more information on how you can file a claim: https://www.hrsa.gov/cicp

Kevin
2 months ago

Actually no – the flu (renamed Covid) hasn’t plagued us, but liberalism has – it has nearly crushed our economy and successful livelihood. Mandates on injections, masks, lockdowns are all a result of liberalism, not the flu. We’ve had the flu virus for at least a century!

Dan W.
2 months ago
Reply to  Kevin

Covid is a corona virus not an influenza virus. Corona viruses have been around forever but covid is a new corona virus that has only been around since 2019. Their vaccines are not interchangeable.

Rita
2 months ago

Thank you for this information

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