We were asked recently about how original Medicare (Medicare Part A & Part B) and Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plans cover some of the common vaccine shots such as Flu shots, Pneumonia shots, and Shingles shots. This article will discuss Shingles shots – please click on either of the two following links to review flu shot and shingles shot information:
Pneumococcal Shots (Pneumonia)
The shingles shot is not covered by Medicare Part A nor Medicare Part B (and as a result, neither a Medicare Supplment plan). A shingles shot is traditionally covered under a prescription drug plan.
So what’s my cost for a Shingles shot under Medicare?
If you’re on Medicare and don’t have prescription drug coverage, you would be responsible for 100% of the cost of a shingles shot.
If you do have prescription drug coverage, it will depend on how the plan covers it. Since prescription drug plans can vary by company, you will need to check with your carrier to determine what your cost is or speak with your policy’s agent.
Even though Medigap plans won’t cover a shingles shot, they’re still great to have to cover your major medical expenses and other routine types of care. Your original Medicare coverage only covers about 80% of medical care expenses – a Medigap plan can help cover that other 20% of expenses (the “gaps” in original Medicare). There are no networks with Medigap plans so you can see any provider who takes Medicare and have up to 100% of the expense covered. That’s right!
Give us a call today at 1-888-972-0024 to learn more about Medigap plans and how they can save you money! You can also CLICK HERE to e-mail us with any questions.
Even if you already have a Medigap plan in place, it’s a good idea to compare your current premium with other carriers offering Medigap plans in your area since they’re standardized. We charge no fees for our services so there is no cost to you to find out the input that can put a lot of money back in your pocket!