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Vision coverage: Take a closer look at what dual health plans offer

Posted: February 10, 2020

Last updated date: December 01, 2023

If you have Original Medicare, you may have already found out that it doesn’t cover eye exams. If you need an exam for eyeglasses or contact lenses, you’d have to pay for it yourself. But with a dual health plan, you could get vision coverage.* Dual health plans are for people who have both Medicaid and Medicare. Most dual health plans cover vision services, so they cover more of your care and costs.

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Routine eye exams are just the beginning*

Getting your vision checked regularly is important for everyone. But some dual health plans go beyond basic coverage and also give you an allowance of hundreds of dollars to help pay for eyewear. But some dual health plans go beyond basic coverage and also give you hundreds of dollars in credits to help pay for eyewear. That could go a long way toward helping pay for a stylish new pair of glasses. Or you may be able to choose contact lenses if you prefer.

Look after your eyesight

Some common eye diseases can lead to vision loss or even blindness. In the early stages, the signs of some very serious eye diseases aren’t that noticeable. But catching them early could help save your sight later on. People with diabetes should take extra care. According to the American Diabetes Association, people with diabetes are more likely to get cataracts and glaucoma. The vision coverage you get with a dual health plan could help you protect your eyesight and health. Plus, you could get it at no extra cost to you.

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*Benefits, features, and/or devices vary by plan/area. Limitations, exclusions and/or network restrictions may apply

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