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The Basics

Available from the Federal Government

  • Part A
  • Part B

Available from Arkansas Blue Medicare

  • Part C
  • Part D
  • Supplement

What is Medicare Part C?

Medicare Part C is Medicare Advantage, which is provided by private insurance companies. You still enroll in Original Medicare Parts A & B, but you will receive all your government benefits, and in many cases additional benefits, through your insurer. Costs are specific to each plan and may vary.

Learn about your Medicare Advantage HMO and PPO options

HMO Plans

  • Usually only cover care you receive from providers in the plan’s network
  • Your care is coordinated by a primary care provider
  • May require you to get a referral to see specialists or other providers
  • You may have to pay for the entire cost of care received from out-of-network providers

PPO Plans

  • Cover care received from both in- and out-of-network providers
  • Pay a portion of charges for care you receive out-of-network
  • Usually allow you to see a specialist without a referral
  • You may pay more for care received from out-of-network providers 

What is Medicare Supplement?

Medicare Supplement plans are provided by private insurance companies and help pay some of the out-of-pocket healthcare costs that Original Medicare (Parts A and B) doesn’t pay.

Learn more about Medicare Supplement plans

  • Many Part A & B coinsurance, copays, and deductibles
  • Hospital stays beyond those covered by Part A
  • Some preventive care services
  • Blood transfusions
  • Medical coverage anywhere in the U.S.

What is Medicare Part D?

Medicare Part D plans are prescription drug plans provided by insurance companies. Since prescription drugs aren’t covered by Original Medicare or Medicare Supplement plans, you can add a Part D plan to help you pay for your medications.

  • Original Medicare
  • + plus
  • Prescription Drug Plan
  • + plus
  • Medicare Supplement Plan
  • Original Medicare
  • + plus
  • Prescription Drug Plan

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