Medicare is the federal government’s health care program. It's for people age 65 and older, and younger people with certain disabilities. Medicare also covers people of any age with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant). There are different parts of Medicare that cover different things. We’re here to help you understand them.
You can apply for Medicare online at ssa.gov or enroll at your Social Security office.
Knowing the ABCs of Medicare can help you choose the right plan for you.
Parts A + B = Original Medicare.
Inpatient care in a hospital
Inpatient care in a skilled nursing facility (not custodial or long-term care)
Home health care
Medically necessary doctors' services
Home health services
Durable medical equipment and other medical services
Many preventive services
Medicare Advantage plans typically offer more benefits than Original Medicare. They include Medicare Part A, Part B and may include Part D prescription drug coverage. In general, Medicare Advantage:
Includes all Part A and Part B (Original Medicare) benefits and services
Usually includes Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D) as part of the plan
Is run by Medicare-approved private insurance companies, including Aetna
May include extra benefits and services not covered by Original Medicare
Part D prescription drug coverage is available on its own or as part of many Medicare Advantage plans. Part D plans:
Are often included in Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans
Cover your medicines, but not medical expenses
Can be purchased to add drug coverage to Original Medicare (Parts A and B) or a Medicare Supplement Plan (Medigap)
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