Medicare Part B coverage

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Medicare Part B helps pay for many common types of health care:

  • Doctors' services.
  • Durable medical equipment (DME)1 if your doctor certifies you need it and and you buy or rent it from a Medicare-certified supplier.
  • Ambulance services if your health requires ambulance transport and you are traveling to or from certain locations.
  • Many preventive care services.  
  • Outpatient physical, speech, and occupational therapy services provided by a Medicare-certified physical, speech, or occupational therapist.
  • Chiropractic care when manipulation of the spine is medically necessary to fix a subluxation of the spine. A subluxation is when one or more of the bones of the spine move out of position.
  • Outpatient mental health services.
  • Home health services if and need skilled nursing or therapy services.
  • X-rays and lab tests.
  • A few prescription drugs, such as immunosuppresant drugs, some anti-cancer drugs, some anti-emetic drugs, some dialysis drugs and physician-administered drugs that persons do not usually administer themselves.

Medicare does not cover all health care services. Medicare will only pay for Part B services and items (except most prescription drugs) that are ordered or prescribed by a Medicare-enrolled provider.

This list includes common health care services and items, but it is not a complete list of everything that Part B covers.

1Medicare will only cover durable medical equipment if received from an approved supplier. 

Case Examples
Mr. D was worried that his father-in-law might need Part B to cover rehabilitative care in a nursing facility.

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