Does Medicare cover COVID-19?

Medicare covers COVID-19 care, which includes testing, treatment, and prevention. To get this medical insurance coverage, you need Medicare Part B

COVID-19 Testing

Coronavirus tests help you diagnose or rule out COVID-19. Discover where you can get COVID-19 testing. Medicare also covers COVID-19 antibody blood tests. If the test finds antibodies, you developed an immune response and were previously infected.

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Oral swab to test for COVID-19

COVID-19 Treatment

If you test positive for COVID-19 and have a mild to moderate case, or you’re at high risk of requiring hospitalization, Medicare Part B covers COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment. Furthermore, you pay nothing for this treatment during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency when treated by a Medicare provider or supplier. 

Monoclonal antibody treatments can help fight the disease and keep you out of the hospital. Infusion of monoclonal antibodies is FDA-authorized to treat COVID-19. (Medicare.gov)

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Treatment for a positive COVID-19 test

COVID-19 Prevention

To prevent COVID-19 infection, Medicare expanded telehealth coverage. Telehealth allows you to communicate with healthcare providers using your smartphone, computer, or other devices. 

Discover Coronavirus tips to stay safe and how wearing a cloth mask protects you from COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself is to get a COVID-19 vaccine. On August 23, 2021, the FDA first approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for people ages 16 and older. 

Medicare also covers other vaccines:

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COVID-19 vaccine is your best protection.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

Hepatitis B is a virus that infects your liver. Discover if you qualify for the Hepatitis B vaccine, learn how it spreads, the symptoms, and the difference between acute and chronic Hepatitis B.

Influenza Flu Vaccine

Seniors age 65 and older may have a higher risk of developing severe complications from the flu. Learn about the Influenza virus and how the flu vaccine protects you from contagious respiratory illness.

Pneumococcal Vaccine

The pneumococcal vaccine protects you from bacterial infections caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. Find out what Medicare covers, including pneumococcal disease transmission, symptoms, and possible vaccine side effects.

Shingles Vaccine

Herpes Zoster virus causes shingles, a painful, blistering rash. The shingles vaccine reduces your risk of having Shingles. Discover who can get shingles, which vaccine is best for seniors, where to get it, and what it costs.