Medicare Part B


Q. Does Medicare Part B cover the shingles shot? My doctor has recommended I get one, but the cost is $250.

A. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Medicare Part B does not cover the shingles vaccine. If you have private insurance or Medicaid, your plan may or may not cover the vaccine; contact your insurer to find out.”


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

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