Did you know that Medicare does not include a dental benefit? If you plan to retire soon, add this item to your to-do list: a visit to the dentist before your dental insurance disappears!
For many older adults, access to affordable dental care has been an ongoing challenge. Retirees transitioning to Medicare are often surprised to find out that the program does not cover routine dental care or more complex procedures; it only covers treatment in rare, emergency, circumstances.
Medicare celebrates its 50th anniversary later this month and adding basic dental coverage is at the top of the wish list of many health policy experts reflecting on the program’s future.
Take a look at this interesting blog posted by AARP on the cost of dental coverage for retirees, as well as this article on Reuters.com that was recently released, giving some pricing options for retirees.