Does Medicare Pay Funeral Expenses
Does Medicare Pay Funeral Expenses?
Medicare Part A and Part B (Original Medicare) does not cover funeral expenses, although, some Medicare beneficiaries may qualify for some help with funeral expenses through Social Security. To qualify for this benefit, the deceased must have had Medicare in order for this social security benefit to apply. This means that the deceased must have worked and paid social security taxes for 10 years. This would automatically qualify them for Medicare Part A.
Does Medicare Advantage (Part C) Pay Funeral Expenses?
Medicare Advantage plans do not provide any benefit or coverage for funeral expenses, although there is a type of Medicare Advantage plan that may prove to be helpful in the future in offsetting these costs.
This plan is called a Medicare Savings Account (MSA). A Medicare Medical Savings Account is a plan offered by private insurances companies and closely resembles a Health Savings Account. The plan functions as a high deductible health option that allows you to choose your health care services as well as your health care providers.
These plans are like a Health Savings Account because half of this plan feautres a Medical Savings Account. The Medicare Medical Savings Account plan desposits money into your savings account that you can use to pay for you healthcare costs.
So How Does This Help Me?
If you pass away, the funds that are deposited into your savings account could be available for your beneficiary to use and offset your funeral costs as the money is then considered apart of your estate.