If you are a senior who has learned how to download and use apps on your smart phone or tablet, there’s a new tool that can help you discover what tests and services original Medicare may—or may not—cover.
It’s Medicare’s new “What’s Covered” app and it’s free. You can use the app in the doctor’s office, hospital, or anywhere else you use your phone or tablet.
The app displays general cost, coverage and eligibility details for medical items and services covered by Medicare Part A and Part B. You can search or browse to learn what’s covered and not covered; how and when to get covered benefits; and basic cost information.
You also can get a list of Medicare-covered preventive health services, such as flu shots and cancer and diabetes screenings.
“What’s Covered” is available through the Apple App Store and Google Play. Search for “What’s covered” or “Medicare.” Once “What’s Covered” is installed, you can use it to get reliable Medicare information even when you don’t have access to your computer.