How Medicare Could Provide Dental, Vision, and Hearing Care for Beneficiaries

by Amber Willink; Cathy Schoen; Karen Davis

Jan 1, 2018

The Medicare program specifically excludes coverage of dental, vision, and hearing services. As a result, many beneficiaries do not receive necessary care. Those that do are subject to high out-of-pocket costs. This report examines gaps in access to dental, vision, and hearing services for Medicare beneficiaries and design a voluntary dental, vision, and hearing benefit plan with cost estimates.