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doctor and patient discussing medicare-approved services at a hospital

Medicare is government-provided health insurance for people who are 65 and older. It also provides coverage for some younger people with certain disabilities and those with End-Stage Renal Disease. Established in 1965, Medicare helps cover the cost of healthcare, including hospital stays, doctors’ services, outpatient care, and prescription drugs. Here’s everything you need to know about Medicare and all of its parts!

Medicare Part A

 Part A of Original Medicare provides coverage for inpatient services. It covers:

  • Inpatient hospital care
  • Skilled nursing facility care
  • Nursing home care that is not long-term
  • Hospice care
  • Some home healthcare

Read More About Medicare Part A


Medicare Part B

Part B of Original Medicare provides coverage for medically necessary services and preventive services. It covers:

  • Ambulance service
  • Clinical research
  • Durable medical equipment
  • Services or supplies that are needed to diagnose or treat a condition
  • Some mental health services
  • Specialist visits

Read More About Medicare Part B


Medicare Part D

Each Part D plan covers a variety of prescription drugs. A plan’s list of covered drugs is called a formulary. In addition to the formulary, all Part D plans must cover certain protected classes of medication such as:

  • Vaccines
  • HIV/AIDS treatments
  • Antidepressants
  • Antipsychotics
  • Immunosuppressant medications

Read More About Medicare Part D


Medicare Advantage

Medicare Advantage Plans are Medicare-approved bundles offered by private companies. Advantage Plans usually include Parts A, B, and D.

Read More About Medicare Advantage


Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap)

Medigap is insurance sold by private companies to supplement what is not covered by Original Medicare. Medigap can help pay for copays, deductibles, and coinsurance.

Read More About Medicare Supplement Insurance


Listen to the Medicare Moments Podcast

Visit the Medicare Moments page.


Listen to More Podcasts About Medicare


Additional Resources

Toni Says

Medicare.gov

SSA.gov/medicare

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