Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities may be eligible before 65. Let’s review the alphabet soup.
- Part A covers inpatient hospital stays, care in a skilled nursing facility, hospice care, and some home health care. Typically it has no monthly cost if you have paid Medicare taxes while working.
- Part B covers certain doctors' services, outpatient care, medical supplies, and preventive services. Most People pay a part B premium that can be deducted from their social security payment.
- Part A and B, also known as "Original Medicare" has deductibles and typically covers 80% of services. Most people will choose a Supplement or part C Medicare Advantage plan that will help pay the deductibles and 20% co-insurance.
- Part C, also known as a Medicare Advantage Plan is a type of Medicare health plan offered by a private company to provide you with all your Part A and Part B benefits. Most Medicare Advantage Plans offer prescription drug coverage as well as added benefits that Original Medicare doesn’t cover. All of this in one easy and affordable package.
- Part D, also known as PDP's add drug coverage to Original Medicare and can complement a Medicare Supplement plan or Medigap plan.
- There are 2 ways to get Medicare prescription drug coverage–either through a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (Part D), or getting a Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C). If you decide not to join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan when you're first eligible, you’ll likely pay a late enrollment penalty.