The short answer is no, Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) doesn’t pay hearing aids.
However, Medicare-eligible beneficiaries may still have options for hearing coverage—either through a state Medicaid program (for those who receive Medicaid) or through a Medicare Advantage plan.
Do Medicare plans cover hearing aids?
No, Medicare Supplement (also known as Medigap) plans don’t cover hearing aids.
Medicare Supplement plans are supplemental health insurance plans that can be purchased to help cover costs Original Medicare doesn’t—such as copays, coinsurance, or deductibles. Medicare supplement plans don’t add new covered services or devices to Original Medicare—they only help pay for the benefits that Medicare already covers.
Does Medicaid pay hearing aids?
Medicaid could cover hearing aids, depending on your coverage and where you live.
Medicaid helps provide health care to individuals with disabilities, children, pregnant women, and people under a specified income level. Since both the federal and state governments fund Medicaid, each state’s coverage varies.
If you receive Medicaid and live in the following states, you may have coverage for hearing aids:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Dakota
For limitations on coverage, see the Hearing Loss Association of America for more details.
Does Medicare Advantage pay for hearing aids?
Medicare Advantage could cover hearing aids!
If you’re willing to switch from Original Medicare, you may be able to find a Medicare Advantage plan with hearing aid benefits.
Medicare Advantage (also called Part C or MA) is another way to receive Medicare benefits, but through private companies instead of the government. Medicare Advantage provides the same benefits as Part A and Part B, but many plans include additional benefits Original Medicare doesn’t provide, such as vision, dental, and even hearing.
MA Plans vary by location, and benefits included (beyond Part A and Part B) also vary from plan to plan. To see if there’s a plan that includes hearing benefits in your area, you can search using the Medicare Plan Finder. Or, call the number below for help.
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