Advance care planning

Advance care planning

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance)

 covers voluntary advance care planning as part of your yearly “Wellness” visit. Medicare may also cover this service as part of your medical treatment.

Your costs in Original Medicare

You pay nothing for this planning if your doctor or other qualified health care provider accepts 

Assignment

 and this is provided as part of your yearly “Wellness” visit. If it’s provided as part of your medical treatment, the Part B 

Deductible [glossary]

 and 

Coinsurance

 apply.

What it is

Advance care planning is planning for care you would get if you become unable to speak for yourself. You can talk about an advance directive with your health care professional, and they can help you fill out the forms, if you want to. An advance directive is an important legal document that records your wishes about medical treatment at a future time, if you’re not able to make decisions about your care.

Consider carefully who you want to speak for you and what directions you want to give. You shouldn’t feel forced to go against your values and preferences, and you have the right to carry out your plans without discrimination based on your age or disability. You can update your advance directive at any time. You pay nothing if it’s provided as part of the yearly “Wellness” visit and the doctor or other qualified health care provider accepts assignment.

Things to know

For help with advance directives, visit the Eldercare Locator.

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