Medicare Advantage plans often include additional benefits, such as: the supply of prescription drugs and routine dental care that may be helpful for a patient receiving cancer treatment.
Medicare prescription drugs for cancer treatment.
Medicare Part B may extend to prescription drugs, including some prescription drugs for cancer that you will be given orally. You can also be insured for anti-nausea medications to treat the symptoms of cancer chemotherapy treatment. In these situations, you will usually pay 20% of the Medicare approved amount after the annual Medicare Part B deductible has been applied. If you are hospitalized, Medicare Part A generally covers the prescription drugs you receive as part of your cancer treatment for inpatients.
For drugs not covered by Original Medicare, you will need Medicare Part D or you will pay the full cost of these prescription drugs. You can get this optional coverage through an independent Medicare Part D prescription drug plan or a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plan. Keep in mind that not all cancer treatment drugs are covered by any Medicare prescription drug plan or the Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plan. Get quotes at www.medicareadvantageplans2019.org for 2019 advantage plans.
Review the plan (list of covered prescription drugs) of the plan you have or are considering to see if the medications you need are included. The formulas of a plan can change at any time. If necessary, you will receive a notification from your plan.
It is important to review your prescription drug coverage each year, as Medicare Part D prescription drug prescriptions and Medicare Advantage prescription drug prescriptions can lead to editorial changes and cost.
Complementary Medicare plans for cancer treatment.
Initial Medicare treatment for cancer treatment will incur costs you will have to pay, such as the coinsurance and co-insurance listed above. If you are enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B, you can enroll in a Medicare Advantage (Medigap) program to cover the cost of the original Medicare associated with your cancer treatment. Different Medigap plans pay different costs, for example, co payments, co insurance and deductibles.
Does Medicare cover wigs for cancer patients?
Now, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), some types of chemotherapy treatments for cancer cause hair to fall out of the head and other parts of the body. You could wear a hat or a scarf to cover your head, but some people prefer a wig with natural-looking hair. The prices of the wigs depend on the length of the wig and whether it is made of synthetic materials or human hair, but it could cost hundreds of dollars and even thousands of dollars. Unfortunately, Medicare does not usually cover wigs for cancer patients who undergo cancer treatment. However, you may be receiving help from a non-profit organization to obtain a free or low-cost wig. Some non-profit organizations, such as Friends Are by Your Side, work with local salons to organize wig engagements.
You may need to document your hair loss as a side effect of chemotherapy and you may not be able to purchase a wig on your own for organizations such as Lolly’s Locks. The American Cancer Society can also accept and distribute new wigs for free in its local chapters.