What Medicare Advantage Beneficiaries Need to Know About COVID-19
- The COVID-19 public health emergency remains in effect: While hospitalizations and fatalities thankfully decline, COVID-19 remains in our lives and appropriate precautions should still be taken. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to recommend wearing a mask in indoor public settings and large crowds, practicing social distancing (at least 6 feet), and getting a COVID vaccine and booster.
- Everyone age 5 and up is eligible for a free COVID vaccine, and everyone age 12 and up is eligible for the free booster dose: Every American age 5 and up is now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine at no cost to them. The CDC reports that “widespread vaccination is a critical tool to the stop the pandemic.” Vaccines are safe and effective, with the latest studies showing that fully vaccinated seniors are 94% less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19. Read a helpful list of myths and facts about the COVID-19 vaccine here. Once you’ve gotten your vaccine, remember to get your COVID-19 booster!
- Need help making a vaccine appointment? Visit vaccines.gov to find vaccination and booster sites near you with available appointments. Your doctor’s office and Medicare Advantage provider can also provide further information.
- Medicare Advantage is here to help: While all of us continue to face uncertainties and new challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Medicare Advantage is here to help – expanding telehealth services, waiving consumer costs, and enhancing touchpoints with providers that are not available in Traditional Medicare. Read more about the Medicare Advantage response to COVID-19 here.