The Original Medicare Has Two Parts
Hospital Insurance. (see Medicare Part A)
Most people pay for Part A through their payroll taxes when they are working.
Medical Insurance. (see Medicare Part B)
Most people pay monthly for Part B.
You can elect to participate in a Medicare Advantage Plan Part C and Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Part D
Medicare Advantage Plans (see Medicare Part C)
You can choose different ways to get the services covered by Medicare. Depending on where you live, you may have different choices. In most cases, when you first get Medicare, you are in the Original Medicare Plan. Or, you may want to consider a Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO) that provides all your Part A, Part B, and often Part D (Medicare Prescription Drug) coverage. You make a choice when you are first eligible for Medicare. Each year you can review your health and prescription needs and switch to a different plan in the fall.
Medicare Advantage Plans are health plan options that are approved by Medicare but run by private companies. They are part of the Medicare Program, and sometimes called “Part C.” When you join a Medicare Advantage Plan, you are still in Medicare. As long as you have both Part A and Part B, items covered by Part A and Part B are covered whether you have the Original Medicare Plan, or you belong to a Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO).
Part D (see Medicare Part D)
Prescription Drug Coverage
Medicare Prescription Drug Plans are offered by insurance companies and other private companies approved by Medicare.
Medicare Health Plans
Today’s Medicare is about choice. Your health plan choices include:
- The Original Medicare Plan
- Medicare + Choice Plans, including:
- Medicare Managed Care Plans
- Medicare Private Fee-for-Service Plans
- Medicare Preferred Provider Organization Plans
Medicare + Choice Plans are available in many areas.
The Medicare health plan that you choose affects many things like cost, benefits (some have extra benefits like prescription drugs), doctor choice, convenience, and quality.
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