1 in every 3 individuals over the age of 60 will develop the Shingles virus, especially if you already had Chicken pox
As some of you may know, shingles is a painful skin rash caused by a virus, and also known as herpes zoster. To sum it up, 1 our of 6 people over the age of 60 experience severe pain, and the pain can last a few month or even years. It could also lead to complications involving the eye, and in rare instances can lead to hearing problems, inflammation of the brain, pneumonia, and death. Sounds scary if you ask me.
At a recent seminar conducted, 3 people asked if the Shingles vaccine is covered by Medicare. One of the Seniors that asked me the question had Shingles previously, and she was advised by her physician to get the vaccine shot. She was surprised when Her insurance didn’t cover the shot, and she ended up paying over 300 dollars. It was disappointing to hear she had to pay so much, and I realized how severe this virus is.
Does Medicare cover the Shingles shot?
The answer is no. Medicare Part B only covers vaccinations for flue, hepatitis B, and pneumococcal infections.
So who covers the shingles shot?
Most of the time the shot is covered by your insurance plan, but it depends on the plan you are on and the benefits they are offering. That includes either your Medicare advantage plan, your current insurance that’s covering you, or the prescription drug plan you are on. Check with your insurance carrier to find out.
Don’t let your physician demand or hustle you into paying 300 dollars for a shingles shot. Stay equipped with knowledge about your health coverage. Now which Medicare plans cover this shot? That’s a question you should ask your Medicare insurance agent, broker, or your current insurance plan .References: https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/tdap-shots