Medicare Basics

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What is Medicare?

Medicare is a national United States health insurance program for people 65 and older. It is also for people with certain disabilities or people diagnosed with end-stage kidney failure or ALS. This program is divided into various parts.

Medicare Part A

Medicare Part A is your hospital coverage. It provides you with affordable inpatient care. It also covers some in-patient skilled nursing facility care, some home health care, and hospice care.

Medicare Part B

Medicare Part B is the medical coverage that gives you access to a variety of outpatient services. These include doctor’s visits, laboratory testing, advanced imaging such as MRI or CT scans.

Medicare Supplement

Medicare Supplement insurance plans or Medigap policies are sold by private insurance companies. There are 10 modernized plans labeled A through N that pay for part, or all, of Medicare’s co-payments and deductibles. They are intended to help cover the gaps in Original Medicare (Parts A & B). Popular plans include Plan F, G, and N.

Medicare Advantage

Medicare Advantage Plans, also known as “Medicare Part C Plans” are offered by private companies approved by Medicare. If you’re enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Program, Medicare services are covered through the plan and aren’t paid for under Original Medicare. Many plans will include prescription coverage. You can have Medicare Advantage or a Medicare Supplment, but not both.

 

Medicare Part D

Part D is coverage for retail prescription drugs. These are stand-alone drug plans that add prescription drug coverage to Original Medicare. Prescription Drug Plans help with the cost of prescriptions, vaccines, and some medical supplies not covered by Medicare Part A and Part B.

 

Dental, Vision, Hearing

Dental care, eye care, and hearing are not covered by Original Medicare (Parts A+B). Therefore it is up to you to find a plan that helps with covering these costs. At NSBA we offer a wide variety of carriers that can help you find a plan tailor fitted to your needs. 

 

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