Medicare Updates: COVID-19

Pamela Kweller RSSA Staff


Medicare has important updates as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Expanded Telehealth Coverage

There may not be a need for you to travel to a doctor or healthcare professional. Rather, Medicare beneficiaries can now access telehealth services.This allows you to talk to a healthcare provider on the phone instead of visiting the office in-person.

The purpose is to protect you from spreading the virus or being exposed to the virus. It also frees up physical space that can be used for COVID-19 patients while helping healthcare workers remain on the frontlines as much as possible.

What kind of healthcare professionals can provide telehealth services?
Doctors, nurse practitioners, clinical psychologists, and licensed clinical social workers

How much do telehealth services cost?
Typically, a telehealth service will cost the same amount as an in-person visit.

Medicare Fully Covers COVID-19 Tests

All Medicare plans (A-D) will cover the full costs associated with COVID-19 tests. You will not need to pay a co-pay.

Medicare Will Cover Future COVID-19 Vaccines

If and when a vaccine becomes available, it will be covered under Medicare.

Medicare Covers All Medically Necessary Hospitalizations

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 and need additional time in the hospital, it will be covered.

Keep in Mind

Many of these changes are temporary during this pandemic. Some changes may vary based on your Medicare plan. It is advised that you stay informed as more changes may take place. You can refer here for updated information.