Finding information about Medicare coverage is easier than ever now. Download the only official U.S. government Medicare app onto your mobile device.
What’s covered helps you understand the health care coverage offered by Original Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medical Insurance).
Use this federal government app to:
-Answer your Medicare coverage questions
-See information about your costs
-Learn about covered items & services
-See notes & where to get more information
-Browse free preventive services
Original Medicare Items & Services
Find out what your Medicare coverage has to offer like:
- When are mammograms covered?
- Is home health care covered?
- Will Medicare pay for diabetes supplies?
Preventive Health Coverage
Medicare coverage includes preventive services at no cost to you. Preventive services can help keep you healthy by finding health problems early and can keep you from getting certain diseases.
What’s covered will help you answer questions like:
- Will my Medicare benefits cover services to help me stop smoking?
- Can I get a cervical cancer screening?
- How often will my Medicare coverage allow me to get a bone mass measurement?
Ask your doctor or health care provider which preventive services (like screenings, shots, and tests) you need to get.
Part A & Part B Costs
Medicare Part A and Part B cover certain medical services and supplies in hospitals, doctors’ offices, and other health care settings.
Part A hospital insurance coverage helps pay for inpatient care in a hospital, inpatient care in a skilled nursing facility, hospice care, home health care, or inpatient care in a religious nonmedical health care institution. Copayments, coinsurance, or deductibles may apply for each service.
Part B medical insurance coverage supports medically necessary doctors’ services, outpatient care, home health services, durable medical equipment, preventive services, and other medical services. Under Original Medicare, if the Part B deductible applies, you must pay all health care costs (up to the Medicare-approved amount) until you meet the yearly Part B deductible. After your deductible is met, Medicare begins to pay its share and you typically pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount of the service, if the doctor or health care provider accepts assignment. There’s no yearly limit for what you pay out-of-pocket.
For some items and services, you must meet eligibility criteria or you may be responsible for paying all costs. Your doctor or health care provider may recommend you get services more often than Medicare covers. Or, they may recommend services that Medicare doesn’t cover. If this happens, you may have to pay some or all of the costs. Ask questions so you understand why your doctor is recommending certain services and whether Medicare will pay for them.
Use the What’s covered app to answer questions like:
-How much will I pay for prescription drugs included in Medicare Part B coverage?
-Does the Part B deductible apply for cardiac rehab?
-What percentage of the Medicare-approved amount will I need to pay for colorectal cancer screenings?
What’s Not Included
What’s covered doesn’t contain information on Medicare Advantage Plan, other Medicare health plan, or Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) coverage. It doesn’t contain a CPT code search, exact costs on surgeries or procedures, or local coverage decisions.
Medicare Advantage Plans
If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan or other Medicare health plan, you have the same basic health care coverage as people who have Original Medicare, but the rules vary by plan. Some Medicare Advantage Plans offer extra benefits that Original Medicare doesn’t cover - like vision, hearing, or dental. Check with the plan or search in the App Store to see if the plan has a similar mobile application.
This is Medicare’s first official app, and we value your feedback. Please tell us your thoughts by rating What’s covered.
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Ratings and Reviews
Expanded Search Terms & Save Would Improve
The app is a useful reference, but it could be more helpful if search results recognized frequently used shorthand and keywords related to common services, procedures, tests/labs, etc. (e.g. TSH, T4, HbA1c) and returned either a notification of non-coverage, medically necessary coverage (with clear instructions on the process to determine eligibility), or related results based on less strict rules than whatever the system has established through its keyword system (or lack thereof). The ability to log in to mymedicare or at least favorite/save pages locally to phone or cloud backup for quick reference would also be helpful.
It’s handy to have this available to check prior to having testing done. It covers the major diseases and tests but not comprehensive, but then neither is Medicare. I would check here first and if I had questions research further before having the test or procedure done. Unless you are able to afford big medical bills and surprises don’t bother you. These expenses can quickly get out of sight. You also have to be savvy with some medical terminology and know how to enter the names of diseases and procedures the right way to get the info you need. Any step towards transparency in health care is a plus even if the program needs additional work.
Lots of Typos
So far, 80% of the things I’ve searched for have typos on the pages that pop up. Would you like some help? Put a link on your help page to report them. Giving me the Medicare page online means I’ll never get to the right person without hours of searching and phone calls. You asked for feedback, right? Why is a review the only way to communicate with you through the app?
Developer Response ,
Can you please let us know the specific typos you found?? We'll use your feedback to improve.
Data Not Linked to You
The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:
- Usage Data
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- 56.7 MB
- Health & Fitness
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 11.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
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