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Can I Get a Medicare Plan That Covers a Health Club Membership?

Can I Get a Medicare Plan That Covers a Health Club Membership?

Some Medicare Plans cover health club memberships.

Gym memberships are not covered by Original Medicare, Medicare Part A or Medicare Part B. Medicare Supplement Plans do not usually cover the cost of gym memberships.

Medicare Advantage plans may offer coverage of gym memberships. Medicare Advantage offers the same amount of coverage as Original Medicare (except for hospice care which is covered under Medicare Part A) and may offer additional benefits which may include gym membership.

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Does Medicare cover travel emergencies while outside the U.S.?

Does Medicare cover travel emergencies while outside the U.S.?

For travelers, it’s highly recommended to maintain health coverage in the event of an emergency. Although Original Medicare coverage does not apply outside the United States, some Medicare Supplement plans, aka Medigap, may provide coverage.

Original Medicare Parts A and B do not cover medical services outside of the United States. Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage) also doesn't cover medications purchased outside the U.S.

Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) is optional and may be obtained from a private insurance company. Medigap covers costs outside Original Medicare such as coinsurance and copayments. Across 47 of the US states there are 10 standardized Medigap plans, each named with a letter (e.g. Plan M). In these states, Plan M will offer the same coverage regardless of where an individual purchased it.

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Medicare Advantage vs Original Medicare: What are the pros and cons?

Medicare Advantage vs Original Medicare: What are the pros and cons?

Medicare Part A and Part B benefits are also provided through private insurance companies that are contracted by Medicare. These private plans are known as Medicare Advantage plans, and often come with additional costs and benefits. Read this article to learn more about the pros and cons of Original Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage.

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