High blood pressure is a medical condition that can result in serious health conditions if left untreated, which includes heart disease. The risk factors for developing high blood pressure can include but are not limited to being overweight, lack of exercise, family history, and smoking. According to the U.S Center for Disease Control and Prevention, uncontrolled high blood pressure results in about 1,300 deaths every day.
If you’re at-risk for developing high blood pressure and currently have Medicare, here’s what you need to know about the coverage you can receive!
How Original Medicare Covers High Blood Pressure
According to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a large percentage of Medicare enrollees have had a diagnosis of high blood pressure during their routine doctor visits. To help diagnose and manage this condition, Medicare covers certain tests and treatments needed to diagnose and manage high blood pressure. If you are enrolled in Original Medicare, you will receive coverage for: annual blood pressure tests, doctor visits, blood pressure counseling, weight loss counseling, smoking cessation counseling, certain telehealth services, chronic care management, and other covered treatments.
What Does Medicare Advantage and Part D Cover?
Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage) plans are required to cover the same services as Original Medicare. This means Part C will cover the same high blood pressure services as Part A and Part B. Many Medicare Advantage plans also offer additional benefits that are not covered by Original Medicare. You will need to check with the plan itself to determine what the additional benefits may be.
In most cases, high blood pressure medications may not be fully covered under Original Medicare. To get coverage for high blood pressure medications, you may need to enroll in a Medicare Part D drug plan or join a Medicare Advantage plan that includes prescription drug coverage as an added benefit.
Since the coverage provided by Medicare Advantage and Part D plans vary, it’s extremely important that you compare your options to see which plan will provide the coverage you need the most.
Need Help Comparing Plans? T65 Solutions Has You Covered
If you have high blood pressure, the agents with Turning 65 Solutions are here to help you compare your Medicare coverage options so you can find a plan that meets all of your coverage needs.
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