En español | Each of the four parts of Medicare provides a different type of coverage:
- Part A (hospital insurance) helps pay for the cost of inpatient stays in hospitals and short-term skilled nursing facilities, home health services, and hospice care.
- Part B (medical insurance) helps pay for doctors’ services (including those in the hospital), outpatient care, preventive care and some medical equipment and supplies.
- Part C (Medicare Advantage) is an alternative coverage option to Original Medicare that allows you to choose to receive all of your Medicare health care benefits through one plan. Medicare Advantage plans (typically HMOs and PPOs) must cover all Part A and Part B services, and most plans include Part D drug coverage in their benefit packages. Some plans provide extra services that Original Medicare doesn’t cover.
- Part D helps cover the cost of outpatient prescription drugs.