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How will Medicare cover Coronavirus Illnesses?

With the onset of this new healthcare pandemic known as the Coronavirus, Medicare has adapted its coverage rules to make sure that enrollees receive the coverage they need during the crisis. It is, of course, known that the Coronavirus risks are highest for the elderly, which by definition includes the entire population of Medicare beneficiaries. So Medicare has adjusted to make sure that Coronavirus testing and illness treatment is covered, and that any preventive measures developed will also be covered. And for those who previously deferred enrolling in Medicare because they had employer coverage and who suddenly lost their job, they have a Special Enrollment Period to enroll in Medicare without penalty. All of this is outlined in this Seattle Times article by Mark Miller (of the NY Times). Click here to read more.

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