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What types of dental procedures are covered under the AARP MedicareComplete Choice PPO plan?

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The UnitedHealthcare AARP MedicareComplete Choice PPO plan does not cover routine dental care, according to AARP. As a Medicare Advantage plan, it must cover the limited dental procedures allowed under Original Medicare Part A and Part B, explains Medicare.gov. Additionally, members can purchase a rider for dental benefits, notes UnitedHealthcare.

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Medicare covers only a few dentistry-related hospitalizations and medically necessary dental procedures, such as tooth extractions prior to radiation treatment for neoplastic disease, jaw reconstruction after an accident, a dental examination that is part of the comprehensive preparation before a kidney transplant or a dental examination performed at a federally-qualified health center prior to a heart valve replacement, according to Medicare.gov.

People who enroll in the UnitedHealthcare AARP MedicareComplete Choice PPO have the option to pay an additional monthly premium to get additional coverage for optional supplemental services such as dental benefits, notes UnitedHealthcare. A rider to the insurance plan can be purchased to cover preventive dental care, routine services such as fillings and major dental services such as root canal treatment.

In addition to the MedicareComplete Choice PPO plan, AARP offers two other Medicare Advantage plans, also through UnitedHealthcare, according to AARP. Members have the option of enrolling in the HMO or POS plan instead of the PPO plan.

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