Vitamins and Supplements
Vitamins are a group of substances that are needed for normal cell function, growth, and development.
The following are the most commonly used supplements:
- Fish/marine oils
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin B
- Vitamin C
Medicare Part B may offer coverage for vitamins when your doctor prescribes them as a treatment for a condition. If you think you may need specific vitamins or supplements due to a health condition, talk to your doctor about what your options are with your coverage.
Part B and Part D Prescription Drug Plans do not cover most over-the-counter forms of vitamins and supplements.
What to Know
Each Medicare Part D (prescription drug) plan has its own formulary or list of covered drugs, and some may offer coverage for certain vitamins and supplements. Generally, however, they are not covered.
When picking a plan that offers the coverage you are looking for, consider the enhanced alternative coverage. Enhanced alternative coverage means that a plan covers additional prescriptions not covered by your typical plan.