To: Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, President Donald Trump, The United States House of Representatives, and The United States Senate

Include eyes, ears and teeth in Medicare

All of the health problems of seniors must be covered by Medicare. The entire body includes eyes, ears and teeth, and they must not be excluded from what our health insurance pays for.

Why is this important?

Currently, Medicare pays for routine eye exams, but does not pay for glasses, especially not bifoals or trifocals, unless a senior has had glaucoma surgery (which it does cover). Medicare does not cover routine hearing exams or hearing aids of any type, despite the fact that most seniors need these. Medicare will not cover routine dental checkups, cleanings or pay for fillings, and will never pay for dentures, although a large proportion of seniors need dentures.

Why are these parts of the body not included in our Medicare coverage? Seniors have problems with their eyes, ears, teeth, that need to be taken care of. Medicare should include all health-related issues, not ignore some for unknown reasons.