50 Wishes for
Medicare’s Future

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Wish #3:
Cover vision and hearing care

Medicare will not cover care for vision or hearing needs, such as a visit to the optometrist or hearing aids. Like with dental, some Medicare Advantage plans offer supplementary vision or audiology coverage but the quality and cost varies considerably from plan to plan. The absence of meaningful coverage for these basic health needs represents a stark gap in coverage for older adults and people with disabilities, who are more likely than other populations to need this care. Congress should add standardized vision and hearing benefits to Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans.