In short, Medicare does cover mental health services. In this article we explain to you what specific services are covered and we share some of the limitations of Medicare’s mental health coverage.

Most people in America enroll in Medicare when it becomes available to them. Before Medicare was passed in 1965, 54 percent of elders aged 65 and over had health insurance. Now, 98.4 percent of elders in America have health insurance through Medicare. Many people are aware that Medicare extensively covers inpatient and hospital-based services but aren’t as sure about what outpatient services it covers.

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