Medicare Enters a New Year – Have Your Benefits Changed?

Medicare enrollees can expect some helpful additions to their Medicare benefits in 2021. For example, enrollees can soon receive up to 12 acupuncture visits in 90 days to treat low back pain. According to Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, eight percent of adult Americans experience “persistent or chronic back pain.” In fact, the US counts back pain as its sixth costliest condition. WebMD says that acupuncture has been “long recognized as an effective treatment for chronic pain.” When other treatments fail, acupuncture may help relieve back pain. According to the Mayo Clinic, it’s also effective for chemo-induced nausea, headaches, respiratory illnesses and other conditions.

Did you know that Medicare also covers a health behavior change program that helps prevent type 2 diabetes? More than 100 million Americans are prediabetic or live with diabetes. That’s nearly one in four adults. Preventing diabetes motivates Medicare administrators to help you avoid its onset.

Your risk of diabetes is one you should manage aggressively. Diabetes hits minority communities especially hard, so factor your own genetic makeup into your risk of diabetes. The diabetes management program offers weekly sessions over a six-month period, including diet and nutrition coaching and other benefits. After your core sessions, this program offers another 12 months of maintenance sessions to keep you on the path to better health.

Diabetes is often a factor in hospitalizations and contributes to a lower quality of life. Don’t allow these great benefits to go unused if you need them. Contact us if you have other questions about your Medicare benefit package.