Medicare is a government-run health insurance program that provides coverage for Americans over 65. It also covers some younger people with disabilities. Does Medicare pay for pregnancy? The answer to that question is complicated, but we’ll explain it in this article.
It would seem like this would not be a common question since Medicare is primarily for people 65 and older. Still, the fact is that there are more than one million females on Medicare that are between the ages of 18 and 44 who could still become pregnant.
Medicare coverage for pregnancy
Medicare covers pregnancy under Parts A and B. Pregnancy is when women must deal with various health care services. Obstetricians usually provide certain standard treatments and examinations to every pregnant woman.
Some of the most frequent obstetrician-attended healthcare treatments throughout pregnancy include prenatal checkups for the mother. These include regular appointments with an obstetrician.
Visits are scheduled once every four weeks during the first 28 weeks. After week 28 and up to delivery, visits become more frequent: twice a week until week 36, then weekly until delivery.
The doctor checks your blood pressure and weight at each appointment. The size and form of the uterus are measured after 22 weeks.
If required, the doctor may order prenatal tests on rare occasions throughout this 40-week gestational period. Routine prenatal testing includes blood tests on the mother to check for blood type, anemia, gestational diabetes, immunities, and possible STDs.
Additional testing may include Amniocentesis to determine specific conditions like Down syndrome and Trisomy 21 or to check fetal lung maturity.
Further testing could include chronic villus sampling (CVS). This prenatal test detects birth defects, genetic diseases, and other problems during pregnancy.
Ultrasound examinations are standard during all pregnancies. Your doctor may also prescribe precautionary vaccinations and prenatal vitamins and supplements.
Healthcare services covered by Medicare for pregnancy
The most essential services Medicare covers for pregnancy are maternity care, prenatal care, postnatal care, and delivery. These are the standard services that every woman who is pregnant should receive.
However, there are other services that Medicare covers as well. Services include pap smear tests, breast exams, ultrasounds, and genetic counseling.
It’s important to note that while Medicare does cover these things, some out-of-pocket costs may be associated with them. For example, you may have to pay a deductible or copayment for some of these services.
Medicare Part A or Part B may cover some of your costs depending on where you undergo your delivery and general care.
The hospital and inpatient care costs related to pregnancy are usually covered by Medicare Part A. Doctor’s services related to the pregnancy generally are covered by Medicare Part B.
Additional Medicare coverage for pregnancy
Medicare typically also covers certain screening services for pregnant beneficiaries if a doctor orders, such as Hepatitis B virus infection screening at the first prenatal visit for pregnancy and at the time of delivery.
If you have new or continued Hepatitis B risk factors, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) screening to three screenings during pregnancy, and Sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening and counseling once every twelve months or at certain times during a pregnancy.
Services that Medicare doesn’t cover for pregnancy
Medicare covers abortions in the event of impendence to a woman’s life, incest, or rape. Or when there is a substantial risk, carrying your unborn child to term would result in death.
Services that Medicare may not cover for pregnancy
Some services that may not be covered during pregnancy include elective ultrasounds, childbirth classes, and paternity blood tests. Post-delivery services not covered may include elective sterilization and lactation specialists.
Once your baby is born, they are a separate individual. Medicare does not cover their health care based on your Medicare eligibility.
Pregnancy costs with Medicare
Even if Medicare covers your pregnancy, you should expect to pay some out-of-pocket costs, including Part A deductible, Part A coinsurance, Part B deductible, Part B coinsurance, or copayment.
There is no annual limit on how much you can pay for Medicare costs in a given year.
Enrolling in a Medicare Supplement plan will add protection to help pay for your portion of the Medicare costs.
Pregnancy cost with Medicare Advantage
If you’re in a Medicare Advantage plan, your costs may differ. Many Medicare Advantage Plans offer additional benefits that original Medicare doesn’t cover. Some Medicare Advantage plans may also provide maternity coverage.
Medicare Advantage plans will provide you with a maximum out-of-pocket dollar amount. That is the most you will pay for your share of expenses in a year.
Does Medicare cover all my prenatal care?
Yes, Medicare will typically cover all of your prenatal care.
What will I have to pay for out-of-pocket if I’m pregnant?
You may have to pay a deductible or copayment for some services. There is no annual limit on how much you can pay for Medicare costs in a given year.
Does Medicare cover the delivery of my baby?
Yes, Medicare will typically cover the delivery of your baby. However, this service may have some out-of-pocket costs.
Does Medicare cover postnatal care?
Yes, Medicare will typically cover postnatal care, and there may be out-of-pocket costs when receiving this service.
Does a Medicare Advantage plan offer maternity coverage?
Some Medicare Advantage Plans may offer maternity coverage. You must check with your specific plan to see if this benefit is provided.
If you’re pregnant and have Medicare, you can rest assured that your coverage will help pay for many of the care services related to your pregnancy. There may be some out-of-pocket costs with this service.
If you enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, your costs may differ. Some Medicare Advantage plans may also offer maternity coverage. You must check with your specific plan to see if this benefit is provided.
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