Medicare Advantage Plans Work to Protect Americans from COVID-19

April 6, 2020

Medicare Advantage plans are working with doctors, nurses, and hospitals to keep Americans safe and healthy as the nation fights to overcome the COVID-19 crisis.

Medicare Advantage plans are working with doctors, nurses, and hospitals to keep Americans safe and healthy as the nation fights to overcome the COVID-19 crisis.

Medicare Advantage plans have taken decisive actions to minimize the risk of infection and continue to deliver better value and better benefits for Americans 65+. Here’s how Medicare Advantage is working hard to protect you:

  • Proactively eliminating patient cost-sharing for diagnostic testing and treatment for COVID-19-All Medicare Advantage plans are covering patient cost-sharing for diagnostic testing for COVID-19. In addition, many plans are increasingly covering the patient cost-sharing for COVID-19 treatment as well.
  • Ensuring that prescription drug refills are easily accessible-Many Medicare Advantage plans are expanding the quantity and frequency of prescription drug refills, giving Americans peace of mind over access to medication to treat a wide array of health conditions.
  • Expanding covered telehealth services-To help limit the spread of COVID-19, many Medicare Advantage plans are expanding their telemedicine programs and waiving the cost of telehealth visits or consultations with  doctors by phone or video. This helps vulnerable Americans avoid the risk of infection while still having access to quality care services to address their medical needs.

COVID-19 is an extremely contagious respiratory disease. While some report mild flu-like symptoms, COVID-19 can be fatal. Americans 65+ and people with underlying health conditions are especially at risk. To protect yourself from infection, make sure to follow the CDC’s recommendations. 

For those who require diagnostic testing or feel like they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, make sure to contact your doctor. Medicare Advantage plans are there to deliver better services, better access to care, and better value, so make sure you contact your health insurance plan to see what services are available to you.

Updated December 2020