Original Medicare Parts A and B do not cover routine dental care, hearing aids and eyeglasses.
Dental Care Coverage
Medicare does not cover routine dental care such as oral exams, cleanings, fillings, bridges or crowns. However there are particular instances where Medicare does cover dental services:
- When it is an essential part of another Medicare-covered procedure (ie jaw injury from an accident may be covered in a jaw reconstructive surgery).
- Extraction of teeth to prepare for radiation treatment for jaw-related neoplastic diseases.
- Dental examinations prior to a complicated procedure (ie kidney or heart transplant) requiring an oral exam. This is covered under Medicare Part A or B, determined by inpatient or outpatient setting.
Medicare Advantage Plan Coverage
Some Medicare Advantage plans include benefits such as routine dental services. You should check with your Medicare Advantage plan for specific coverages.
Hearing Aid Coverage
Medicare does not cover hearing aids or exams but some Medicare Advantage plans may cover hearing care. Check with your individual Medicare Advantage plan for benefits information.
Medicare does not cover eyeglasses or contact lenses, however Medicare Part B may cover corrective lenses following cataract surgery to implant an intraocular lens. After surgery, a set of glasses or contact lenses will be supplied by a provider enrolled with the Medicare program. The cost of any upgrades to the glasses (e.g. new frames) will be the responsibility of the patient.
Outside of post surgery situations, individuals will usually pay 100% for glasses and contact lenses but coverage may be available for routine vision services through a Medicare Advantage plan.