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Let's start with exploring the basic Medicare parts.
The parts of Medicare
What is Medicare Part A?
Medicare Part A is one part of Original Medicare, which is administered by the federal government. It covers hospital and emergency care only.
What does Medicare Part A cover?
- Hospital stays (semi-private rooms) up to 60 days
- Nursing services
- Drugs, medical supplies and equipment used on the premises
- Part-time home nursing care
- Hospital meals
- Intensive care services, surgery and recovery costs
- Lab tests and X-rays taken while hospitalized
- Rehabilitation and therapy services
What isn't covered by Medicare Part A?
- Doctor and specialists who care for you in the hospital (this falls under Medicare Part B)
- Hospital stays longer than 60 days
- The cost of blood, if the hospital has to buy it for you
What is Medicare Part B?
Medicare Part B is the other part of Original Medicare, which is administered by the federal government. It covers physician services by any doctor in the country who accepts Medicare.
What does Medicare Part B cover?
- Doctor visits, lab and diagnostic tests
- Annual wellness exams and health screenings
- Medical equipment
- Mental health care
- Ambulance services
- Essential vaccinations, like the flu vaccine
Medicare limits how much you can be charged if you visit a covered provider. It does not limit how much you can be charged if you visit providers who opt out of Medicare. With Part B, you can see a specialist without prior authorization.
What isn't covered by Medicare Part B?
Medicare Parts A & B cover many doctor services and hospital costs, but it doesn’t cover everything. Here are some of the things not covered by Parts A & B.
- Prescription drugs
- Routine eye exams, eyeglasses or contacts
- Hearing aids or related exams and services
- Non-emergency care while traveling outside the US
- Chiropractic, acupuncture or related services
- Routine foot care
- Long term care
If you don’t have additional insurance that covers these services, you will have to pay the full cost. If these services are key to your healthcare, Part C Medicare Advantage plans may help.
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.
What does Medicare Part C cover?
- All Part A & B benefits
- Most plans include prescription drug benefits
- Many plans offer additional benefits
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The Different Types Of Medicare Advantage Plans
- Usually only covers 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
- Covers care received from both in- and out-of-network providers
- Pays a portion of charges for care you receive out-of-network
- Usually allows you to see a specialist without a referral
- You may pay more for care received from out-of-network providers
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.
What is Medicare Supplement?
Medicare Supplement plans are provided by private insurance companies and help pay some of the out-of-pocket health care costs that Original Medicare (Parts A and B) doesn’t pay.
What Medicare Supplement Plans Cover
- 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 US
What Medicare Supplement Plans Don’t Cover
- Prescription drugs, so you may need to consider adding a Part D plan to your coverage.
How do Medicare Supplement Plans Work?
What does it all cost
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Eligibility and enrollment
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Choosing your plan
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Last updated 12/31/2020