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 


 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]




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.

Things to know

For help with advance directives, visit the Eldercare Locator.

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