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Medicare is a government health insurance program for people:
Medicare parts cover different services:
Part A covers:
Inpatient hospital stays
Skilled nursing facilities
Some home health care
Part B covers:
Part D covers:
Prescription medicines, including some shots and vaccines.
You can add a Part D plan to your Medicare A or B plan (known as a stand-alone part D plan) or you can choose a Medicare Advantage Plan (offered by private companies known as Part C) with prescription drug coverage.
Part C is also called Medicare Advantage. They are bundled plans that include Parts A, B, and usually D.
Some important things to know about Part C:
Medicare Supplement Insurance (also known as Medigap policies) are secondary insurance policies that you can buy from a private insurance company to help pay your share of costs when you are enrolled in original Medicare. You must already have Medicare Parts A and B to be eligible.
Before you schedule any appointments, make sure that the doctor accepts Medicare. Ask if they “accept assignment.”
When a doctor “accepts assignment,” this means:
Doctors who accept assignment are part of the Medicare network, and they can be found easily through the Medicare website or by calling Medicare’s helpline.
Non-participating doctors and opt-out doctors don’t accept Medicare assignment.
If your doctor doesn’t accept assignment for all Medicare-covered services, you often must pay out of pocket, and you can be charged more than Medicare covers. Medicare will pay you back part of the bill for the services they cover.
You might have Medicare and another insurance plan (such as from Medicaid, a supplemental plan, your job, a retirement plan, or your spouse’s job).
Coordination of benefits (COB) makes sure your medical bills are paid correctly, and you don’t pay more than you should.
A few important things to know about COB:
Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs) give people with limited income financial aid and resources to pay for their Medicare costs.
There are four main types of MSPs:
There are different requirements for these programs depending on the state you live in. The application goes through your state’s Medicaid office.
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The Official U.S. Government Site for Medicare
Toll-free number: 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)
This is a federal government website managed by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It provides information about what Medicare covers, drug coverage (Part D), how to find a doctor or facility, and additional resources.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Medicare program - general information. Published 2019. Accessed July 28th, 2023. https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-General-Information/MedicareGenInfo.
Medicare.gov. Does your provider accept Medicare as full payment? Accessed July 28th, 2023. https://www.medicare.gov/basics/costs/medicare-costs/provider-accept-Medicare.
Medicare.gov. Medicare basics. Accessed July 27th, 2023. https://www.medicare.gov/basics/get-started-with-medicare/medicare-basics.
Medicare.gov. Medicare savings programs. Accessed July 28th, 2023. https://www.medicare.gov/medicare-savings-programs.
Last Revised: September 30, 2023
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