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Types of Medicare Plans

 

En español | Do you know that there are different ways you can get your Medicare health and prescription drug coverage? You can choose Original Medicare. This is the traditional fee-for-service plan provided by Medicare. Or, you can choose Medicare Advantage (also known as Part C).


You can also get Medicare prescription drug coverage to help cover some of the costs of your prescription drugs. AARP’s Medicare Question and Answer Tool is a starting point to guide you through the different Medicare plans.

 

 

General

  • 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.

Original Medicare

  • Q. What is the Original Medicare plan?

    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.

Medicare Advantage Plans (Known as Medicare Part C)

Prescription Drug Coverage (Medicare Part D)

Medigap/Medicare Supplemental Insurance

 

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