More and more of my clients are asking about coverage for vitamins and dietary supplements because their doctors are recommending vitamins and nutritional supplements, such as vitamin D and calcium.
Original Medicare doesn’t cover vitamins and supplements. However some of the insurance plans do offer coverage for them.
If you have a Medigap and a Stand-alone Part D Prescription Drug Plan
Some Medicare Prescription Drug Plans will cover certain vitamins and supplements. Every Medicare Prescription Drug Plan has its own list of covered drugs called a formulary. Check your plans formulary to see what is covered.
In general, Medicare Prescrption Drug Plans will not cover vitamin supplements. But Part D plans that have “enhanced alternative coverage” included in their benefits may include coverage for some vitamins and supplements. Enhanced alternative coverage means the plan’s formulary contains additional items that go beyond the standard Medicare Part D coverage.
You should contact the agent who helped you find your plan to find out if it offers enhanced alternative coverage and what, if any, prescription vitamins and supplements are covered.
A plan’s formulary may change from year to year. Each year you will receive notice of plan changes and it’s a good idea to review those changes and talk to your agent if you have any questions or concerns.
Feel free to contact me if you would like to learn more about your Medicare coverage and options. I am always happy to answer questions.
If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan (MA-PD)
Sometimes referred to as a Part C plan, Medicare Advantage plans have your prescription drug coverage built into the plan. These all-in-one plans also sometimes offer other the counter drug benefits as well as enhanced alternative coverage. To access the over-the-counter (OTC) benefit you usually have a cataloge of covered items, such as vitains, aspirin, cough syrup, antacidis, bandages, cotton swaps and more expensive things like heating pads or incontience supplies.
Generally the plans that offer this type of coverage give you a set dollar amount ($200 per year, $50 per quarter or $25 or $40 per month) and you simply order each month from the catalog and they ship it to free of charge.
If you would like to know if your plan includes these benefits you can give me a call at (207) 370-0143 or reach out to me via email using the CONTACT button on the menu at the top of this webpage.
And if you have any questions about this topic or need help finding a better plan or making a change, I will be happy to help you.
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