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Your Guide to Health Insurance & Discounts

Medicare-Related Options

It is important to understand what Medicare covers in order to make the best choice for your situation. Explore the sections below to discover more about your Medicare-related options.

Original Medicare —comprised of Part A and Part B—is managed by the federal government. Medicare Part A  helps pay for hospital costs and inpatient care, while Medicare Part B helps pay for doctor visits and outpatient care.  An important thing to remember about Original Medicare, is that it does not cover all costs and does not cover prescription drugs. Many people choose additional coverage from the following Medicare‑related plans that are provided by private companies.

Medicare supplement insurance can help with some of the out-of-pocket costs not paid by Original Medicare (Part A and Part B).  If you have a Medicare Advantage plan, you cannot have a Medicare supplement insurance plan.

Medicare Advantage (Part C) combines Medicare Part A and Part B in one plan.  Most Medicare Advantage plans also include prescription drug coverage and additional benefits such as dental, vision and hearing.  Private insurance companies approved by the federal government offer Medicare Advantage plans, so coverage and costs may vary from plan to plan.

Medicare Part D plans help pay for your prescription drugs. You can buy a separate or stand-alone policy just for a prescription drug plan (PDP), or you can buy a Medicare Advantage plan that includes prescription drug coverage (MAPD).

Timing matters when you’re joining Medicare.  When you turn 65, or otherwise become eligible for Medicare, enrollment windows open – but some of them will close quickly. If you wait too late to enroll, you may face late enrollment penalties.

Still have questions about Medicare?  Learn more on AARP Medicare Question and Answer Tool or go to, the Official U.S. Government Site for Medicare.

Medicare Supplement

Medicare Supplement Insurance offers supplemental insurance coverage for those enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B.

Medicare Advantage

Medicare Advantage is Medicare Part C and often includes Part D prescription drug coverage in one plan.

Medicare Part D

Medicare Part D is a stand-alone prescription drug plan (PDP) that can help to cover the cost of your medications.



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