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Vision Coverage for Medicare Eligibles in New York

Medicare doesn’t include vision insurance for routine care. Though Medicare does pay for exams or eyewear needed for specific illnesses or surgeries, such as those needed for cataracts, diabetes, or macular degeneration, if you don’t have vision coverage you will likely have to pay for your regular eye exams, eyeglasses, lenses, and contacts.

What type of vision coverage is available for Medicare?

Some of our Medicare plans come with vision insurance built right in. We also have vision coverage that can be added on separately to a Medicare plan. These plans can help you plan for regular care and help you see clearly.

 
  • Some Medicare Advantage plans (Part C) and Medicare Supplement plans may include vision coverage.
  • Included vision coverage may include low-or-no copays for vision exams, eyeglasses, lenses, contacts, or help paying for other Medicare-covered services.
  • You may also be able to add on one of our optional vision packages if you want more benefits than those already included in a Medicare Advantage plan.

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  • These packages are separate from our Medicare plans and may be added on to some of our Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plans.
  • These supplement packages are a way to add more coverage than what may be included in a plan.
  • You can also add these packages on to a plan that does not have vision benefits.
  • Some plans may include low-or-no copays for vision exams, eyeglasses, lenses, or contacts, or help paying with other Medicare-covered services.
  • Some plans include dental coverage for Medicare-eligibles.
  • Available in some states.
  • You may have to pay an additional fee for these packages.

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