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Compare Dental, Vision, & Hearing Policies

Compare Dental, Vision, and Hearing Policies
Compare Dental, Vision, and Hearing Policies

Save yourself some time when selling ancillary products with NCC’s DVH Comparison Chart. We’ve compared popular options from Aetna, Ameritas, Medico, Manhattan Life, and Mutual of Omaha. Inside you’ll find a side-by-side comparison of rates, benefits, and eligibility requirements, along with:

  • Family and group coverage.
  • Network vs non-network.
  • Electronic signature options.
  • DVH waiting periods.
  • Who covers the most on day one.

Download NCC’s Dental, Hearing, and Vision Comparison Chart to quickly and easily find the best plans for your clients.

Download NCC's Dental, Vision, and Hearing Comparison Chart

How Dental, Hearing, and Vision Policies Benefit Clients

Even though basic dental services like cleanings and X-rays cost several hundred dollars and more major services like bridges and dentures cost several thousand dollars, dental insurance is often overlooked by both clients and agents. On top of that, one hearing aid can cost $2,000 to $3,000 or more.

What does Original Medicare cover for Dental, Vision, and Hearing?

Medicare Part A and Part B (known as Original Medicare) have minimal coverage for Dental, Vision, and Hearing.

Vision

Covered by Medicare

Annual eye exams for people with diabetes.
Corrective procedures for chronic eye conditions. For example, the removal of a cataract and replacement of the natural lens with a fabricated intraocular lens.
Eyeglasses or contacts following the replacement of an intraocular lens.
Eye exam to diagnose potential vision problems.
An annual eye exam for those at high risk of glaucoma. Risk factors include:
      Diabetes.
      A family history of glaucoma.
      African-American and age 50+.
      Hispanic-American and age 65+.

Not Covered by Medicare

Not Covered by Medicare Eye examinations related to prescribing glasses or contacts, with some exceptions.
Not Covered by Medicare Eyeglasses or contact lenses (unless prescribed following cataract surgery).

Dental

Covered by Medicare

Reconstruction related to jaw injuries.
Dental exam required before certain procedures, such as heart valve replacement or kidney transplant.
An emergency or complicated dental procedure that requires a hospital stay.
Reconstruction following removal of a facial tumor.
In most of these cases, Medicare will cover the procedure, but not follow-up visits.

Not Covered by Medicare

Not Covered by Medicare Routine care such as cleanings and checkups.
Not Covered by Medicare Fillings, crowns, or tooth extractions.
Not Covered by Medicare Dentures, dental plates, bridges, or other dental devices.

Hearing

Covered by Medicare

Hearing exam for a recent hearing loss due to illness or injury.

Not Covered by Medicare

Not Covered by Medicare Routine hearing exams.
Not Covered by Medicare Hearing aids.
Not Covered by Medicare Examination for prescribing or fitting hearing aids.

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Other DVH Options for Your Clients

Medicare Advantage

While Original Medicare doesn’t cover most needs related to DVH, many Medicare Advantage plans do. If a client has significant DVH needs, a Medicare Advantage plan may be a better fit than Original Medicare plus a DVH policy.

Medicaid and D-SNPs

In some states, Medicaid covers dental services, optometry services, dentures, and eyeglasses. If your client can qualify for Medicaid, they’re eligible for those services. If they qualify for both Medicaid and Medicare, they may qualify for a Dual-eligible Special Needs Plan (D-SNP). Depending on the particular plan, D-SNP plans may cover:

The cost of Medicare Part B (and part A, in some cases).
At state option, certain premiums charged by Medicare Advantage plans.
Original Medicare deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments (except for nominal copayments in Part D, the Medicare drug program).

To learn more, get a copy of our free Guide to Selling D-SNPs.