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AARP's Medicare Question and Answer Tool

The Driving Parts of Medicare

 

Do you know the different parts that drive the Medicare program? Each part of Medicare covers different health services such as hospital care, doctor services and prescription drugs. AARP’s Medicare Question and Answer Tool is a starting point to guide you.

 

 

Medicare: Getting Started

  • Q. What are the different parts of Medicare?

    A. There are different parts to Medicare: Part A (hospital insurance), Part B (medical insurance), Part C (Medicare Advantage) and Part D (prescription drug coverage). — To view the complete answer, select the question above.

  • Q. What is Original Medicare?

    A. The Original Medicare plan, also known as traditional Medicare, is a fee-for-service health plan. This means you can choose any doctor or hospital and Medicare will pay its share of the doctor or hospital bill. You pay a portion of the rest. Original Medicare pays for many health care services and supplies, but it doesn’t pay all of your health care costs. — To view the complete answer, select the question above.

  • Q. Does Original Medicare automatically include Part A, Part B and Part D?

    A. You get Part A and Part B of the Original Medicare plan when you’re automatically signed up for Medicare. To get drug coverage under Original Medicare, you must choose and join a Medicare-approved Part D private drug plan. — To view the complete answer, select the question above.

Part A Hospital Insurance

  • Q. What is Medicare Part A?

    A. Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) helps pay for inpatient hospital care and some other care, such as home health, hospice and skilled nursing facility care. — To view the complete answer, select the question above.

  • Q. What services are not covered by Medicare Part A?

    A. Medicare Part A covers some of your hospital costs but not all. — To view the complete answer, select the question above.

Part B Medical Insurance

  • Q. What is Medicare Part B?

    A. Medicare Part B (medical insurance) helps pay for doctor visits, some home health care, medical equipment, some preventive services, outpatient hospital care, rehabilitation therapy, laboratory tests, X-rays, mental health services, ambulance services and blood. — To view the complete answer, select the question above.

  • Q. What services are not covered by Medicare Part B?

    A. Medicare Part B covers some of your hospital costs but not all. — To view the complete answer, select the question above.

Part D Prescription Drug Coverage

What Medicare Does and Does Not Cover

 

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