There's no doubt that by now you've heard about the Coronavirus (which is officially called "2019 Novel Coroavirus" or "COVID-19"). Medicare recently released a statement saying that Medicare Part B (medical insurance) covers a test to see if you have Coronavirus.
To get the test, your doctor or health care provider must order it. The availability of tests at this time is limited, however, and varies depending on your location. This is expected to change in the next days and weeks. Be sure to check with your health care provider for information if you feel that you need to be tested.
Here are the details of what Medicare covers for Coronavirus:
If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan, you have access to the above benefits. Medicare allows these plans to waive cost-sharing for COVID-19 lab tests.
Information about Coronavirus is changing and evolving. Stay up-to-date with more detailed information, including links to other U.S. government web pages on Medicare.gov's Medicare & Coronavirus web page.
Information about Coronavirus is changing rapidly. For the most current information, check with reputable sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
On the CDC website, you'll find information about who is currently at risk for infection and what areas have travel guidance, and recommendations for precautions. he CDC is updating their website with information as it becomes available, including adding updated guidance.
To prevent the spread of Coronavirus, Medicare recommends that you follow these tips: