You have access to a wide range of health care options under Medicare. Use this FAQ to help you choose the best plan for your situation.
What is Medicare?
Medicare is a federal health insurance program. You qualify for it if you are age 65 or older, or if you are younger but have certain disabilities or end-stage renal disease. Medicare coverage is divided into four parts: A, B, C and D.
What is Original Medicare?
Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B together make up what is called Original Medicare or sometimes referred to as Traditional Medicare. Medicare Part A is hospital insurance. It covers inpatient hospital stays, care in a skilled nursing facility, hospice care, and home health services. Medicare Part B is medical insurance. It covers certain doctors’ services, outpatient care, medical supplies, and preventative services.