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The Lowdown

  • A nutritionist can be covered by Medicare Plan B or Medicare Advantage Plan C
  • Diabetes, kidney disease, a recent kidney transplant, and obesity can all be reasons for Medicare to cover a nutritionist
  • Nutritionists that accept Medicare are classified as Medicare certified

Qualifying for Medicare as health insurance means that you’re an adult aged 65 or older. People with a disability or condition that prevents them from working may also qualify for Medicare.

Many Medicare recipients are diagnosed with chronic diseases or conditions that enable them to seek additional care or services, including from a nutritionist.

Nutritionists are experts in creating a healthy lifestyle through food that will better manage a disease or condition. Many people with Medicare need or could benefit from a nutritionist, but is this service covered? Are there nutritionists that accept Medicare insurance?

Enter your ZIP code in the free tool above to see Medicare quotes as you look for nutritionists that accept Medicare in your area.

Nutritionists That Accept Medicare

Medicare is a term we often hear, but many of us aren’t entirely sure how it’s used or what it covers. So, does Medicare cover nutritionists?

Medicare insurance falls into several categories, or plans. Plan A tackles coverage for hospital stays and services. Doctor visits and services are covered under Plan B. Plan D covers prescription drugs.

Medicare Advantage, or Plan C, is supplemental coverage that can be found through standard health insurance companies.

A nutritionist can be covered under both Medicare Plan B and Medicare Advantage, or Plan C.

Medicare Plan B coverage is strict in its requirements. A recipient of Plan B medical coverage for a nutritionist must have diabetes, kidney disease, or have had a recent kidney transplant.

Medicare Advantage can be easier to qualify for, but it is ultimately dependent on the insurance company. Insurers can choose to limit coverage based on a pre-existing condition or coverage can be available to all who are insured.

Similar to a Medicare-enrolled doctor, a Medicare-certified nutritionist can accept Medicare as an insurance form and can accept Medicare assignment or payment.

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Medicare Advantage Plan C Providers for Nutritionists

Many standard health insurance companies offer Medicare Advantage plans.

Common Medicare Advantage Plans for Nutritionists
Health Insurance Provider HMO
(Health Maintenance Organization)
PPO
(Preferred Provider Organization)
Anthem Yes No
Blue Cross Blue Shield Yes Yes
Cigna Yes Yes
United Healthcare Yes Yes
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You can choose from one of two types of plans, health maintenance organization (HMO) or preferred provider organization (PPO).

How do I find a nutritionist that accepts Medicare near me?

Are there affordable nutritionists that accept Medicare?

Medicare operates much like any other type of health insurance. Wherever you are in the country, there is a network of Medicare-enrolled doctors and specialists available to you.

To find the right nutritionist in the network of providers, you can:

  • Call the specific nutritionist’s office and ask if they are Medicare certified.
  • Search “nutritionist near me that takes Medicare,” choose an office, and check the website to see if they take Medicare.

Depending on the type of Medicare insurance you’re using, you’ll also want to check for any requirements for Medicare coverage of a nutritionist.

As mentioned above, some insurance plans, including Medicare Plan B, only allow coverage for a nutritionist if you have diabetes, kidney disease, or had a recent transplant.

Obesity and any health conditions related to obesity may also allow you to receive coverage for a nutritionist.

Whether you have Medicare Plan B or a Medicare Advantage HMO or PPO plan, some Medicare-certified nutritionists should be available to you.

Find quotes for Medicare plans available in your area by entering your ZIP code in the free tool below.