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Enrolling in Medicare Online: Don’t Forget About Dental

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Your teeth have a huge impact on your overall health. That’s why when you’re researching and enrolling in Medicare online, it’s important to know what is and isn’t covered, and how you can make sure your teeth stay in good shape.

Original Medicare doesn’t include dental coverage

Medicare Parts A and B, the standard Medicare coverage offered by the federal government, doesn’t include dental care. Parts A and B are primarily for hospital, medically-necessary, and preventative services.

65% of Medicare beneficiaries don’t have dental coverage

Some studies* show 65 percent of Medicare beneficiaries don’t have any dental coverage. While that may not seem like a big deal—regular cleanings aren’t prohibitively expensive—advanced dental procedures like surgeries, crowns, or dentures can leave you facing significant out of pocket costs.

Medicare Advantage Plans may include dental coverage

Medicare Advantage Plans provide a convenient way to receive the benefits that aren’t available through Original Medicare, like dental, vision, hearing, fitness, and prescription drug coverage. These plans are offered by private insurance companies that are contracted with and overseen by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Medicare Advantage Plans include all the same coverage as Original Medicare, plus any additional benefits the provider chooses to offer. Some plans include dental coverage. Medicare Advantage Plans vary by geographical area, offering different costs, benefits, and physician networks.

You can enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan online

You can conveniently search for Medicare Advantage Plans in your area, compare costs and benefits, and enroll in the plan of your choice using the Medicare Online Enrollment Portal. Understanding Medicare plans may seem confusing at first, but we’re here to make it easier. When you’re informed about your choices, you can be more confident that you’ve chosen a plan that’s right for you.

You may also want to confirm that your dental health providers are included in the plan networks. With the Medicare Online Enrollment Portal, you can easily search plan networks for your providers.

If you have questions or don’t want to enroll in Medicare online on your own, our Medicare Advocates are available to assist you by phone. Just call 1-800-991-4407 / TTY 711 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern, Monday through Friday for your no-cost consultation.


*Source: “Drilling Down on Dental Coverage and Costs for Medicare Beneficiaries.” Meredith Freed, Tricia Neuman, and Gretchen Jacobson.