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National Influenza Vaccination Week

Flu season is here! Did you get your flu shot through Medicare's Preventive & Screening services?

For more information, visit: preventive services (

or call MAP at 1-800-307-4444

Medicare Coverage of COVID-19 At-Home Tests

You may have seen the news regarding the requirement of coverage for at-home COVID-19 tests. As a reminder, the existing Medicare coverage rules remains in place.

Medicare pays for diagnostic COVID-19 tests performed by a lab, such as PCR and antigen tests, without cost sharing to the beneficiary when ordered by a physician, or other authorized health care professional. Medicare will make payment for one diagnostic COVID-19 test per patient without an order from a physician, non-physician practitioner, pharmacist, or other authorized health care professional.

Original Medicare does not currently make a separate payment for COVID-19 tests that are not performed by a lab, such as those performed at home by a beneficiary. However, Medicare Advantage plans may offer coverage and payment for OTC tests.

Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Warning!

Be on the lookout for fake COVID-19 test sites and home test kits!

Learn More Here

How to Get Help from Social Security

The Social Security Administration (SSA) wants people to know how to get help when they need it. This is especially important during the pandemic, when in-person service is by appointment only for limited issues.

SSA created a new flyer that explains how to get help. It stresses that the best way for most people to find help is at People can also reach SSA by calling 800-772-1213 or contacting a local Social Security office.

The flyer also includes information people should know if they are scheduled for an in-person appointment. Visitors must:

  • Have an appointment to visit an office.
  • Wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Be prepared to wait outdoors when ability to follow physical distancing requirements is limited indoors.
  • Come alone unless they require help with their visit. If they require help, SSA can only permit one person to accompany them.


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