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Does Medicare Part B cover any medications?

Part B, medical insurance, offers very limited coverage of medications. It covers some injections administered in a doctor’s office, certain cancer drugs taken by mouth, and medications used with some types of equipment, such as a nebulizer or infusion pump. The beneficiary is responsible for a 20 percent coinsurance. Part B also covers influenza and pneumonia vaccinations and there is no copay for these medications. 

Part B does not cover most prescription medications. That is why Medicare encourages beneficiaries to enroll in a Part D prescription drug program.  

Last updated: 08-28-2018