Does Medicare Cover COVID-19 Costs?

Original Medicare

  • Lab tests for COVID-19 are covered at no cost if ordered by a health care provider. Note that free over-the-counter test kits are no longer covered by Medicare but are available for purchase.
  • Treatment for patients exposed to COVID-19 are covered but there may be copays and deductibles.
  • COVID-19 vaccines (no out-of-pocket expenses)
  • All hospitalizations and related services that are medically necessary. Those with Original Medicare could have deductible and/or copay charges unless they also have a Medicare supplement or Medigap policy that covers these charges.

Medicare Advantage Plans may include additional benefits; however, there may also be additional cost sharing. Check with your MAPD plan about coverage and costs.

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1. What is Medicare's Annual Open Enrollment Period?
2. How and when do I enroll in Medicare?
3. How does Medicare work with employer based insurance?
4. Am I covered by Medicare if my spouse or I is employed?
5. When can I switch my Medicare plan?
6. Does Medicare Cover COVID-19 Costs?
7. Do I need Medicare Part D?
8. Does Medicare cover vaccines?
9. What if one or more of my drugs is no longer covered by my Medicare drug plan?
10. What happens if you lose your Employer Group Health Plan when you are eligible for Medicare?
11. What's new for 2023?
12. When are the Medicare General Enrollment Period and the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period?
13. How do I avoid Medicare scams?
14. What are 5-Star plans and when can I enroll?
15. How can I get help paying for Medicare Part B and Part D?
16. What are the different parts of Medicare?
17. How do I update my contact information if I'm moving?
18. Can I change my Medicare Advantage or Medicare Prescription Drug Plan anytime?
19. How do I create a Medicare account?
20. What are the benefits of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022 for Medicare beneficiaries?