The Big Picture on Medicare
Original Medicare includes Hospital (Parts A and B) insurance. A separate drug plan (Part D) is optional. You can also add Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) to help pay your out-of-pocket costs.
Part A Hospitalization
Medicare Part A is for everyone. In general, part A covers:
- Inpatient care in a hospital
- Skilled nursing facility care
- Nursing home care (inpatient care in a skilled nursing facility that’s not custodial or long-term care)
- Hospice care
- Home health care
Coinsurance of 20% applies and coverage has limits for hospitalization longer than 60 days at a time. If your work history qualifies, there are no monthly payments for Part A.
Part B Outpatient
Enrolling in Medicare Part B right away prevents penalty costs later, unless you’re covered by other medical insurance when you turn 65. Part B covers:
- Medically necessary services: Services or supplies that are needed to diagnose or treat your medical condition and that meet accepted standards of medical practice.
- Preventive services: Health care to prevent illness (like the flu) or detect it at an early stage, when treatment is most likely to work best.
You pay nothing for most preventive services if you get the services from a health care provider who accepts assignment.
Medicare Supplement Plans (Medigap)
Medigap is Medicare Supplement Insurance that helps fill “gaps” in Original Medicare and is sold by private companies. It’s preferred by people who want predictable healthcare costs, no matter how much healthcare they need. Original Medicare pays for much, but not all, of the cost for covered health care services and supplies. A Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) policy can help pay most of the remaining healthcare costs – depending on the plan you select. These remaining costs can consist of:
Part C Medicare Advantage Plans
Part D (Prescriptions)
…and more” Extra coverage included in many Medicare Advantage plans, but additional options in Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plans.
Long Term Care
If you’re receiving Social Security benefits, you’re likely already enrolled in Original Medicare, but may still have gaps in your coverage. If you’re a new ActivAger (turning 65 soon and planning an active retirement) you may need specific coverage options that cover your active retirement lifestyle.
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Medical Terms and Definitions
- Certified (certification)See "Medicare-certified provider."
- CHAMPVAA health care benefit for dependents of qualifying veterans.
- ClaimA request for payment that you submit to Medicare or other health insurance when you get items and services that you think are covered.
- Clinical breast examAn exam by your doctor or other health care provider to check for breast cancer by feeling and looking at your breasts. This exam isn't the same as a mammogram and is usually done in the doctor's office during your Pap test and pelvic exam.
- CoinsuranceAn amount you may be required to pay as your share of the cost for services after you pay any deductibles. Coinsurance is usually a percentage (for example, 20%).
- Comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facilityA facility that provides a variety of services on an outpatient basis, including physicians' services, physical therapy, social or psychological services, and rehabilitation.
- CopaymentAn amount you may be required to pay as your share of the cost for a medical service or supply, like a doctor's visit, hospital outpatient visit, or prescription drug. A copayment is usually a set amount, rather than a percentage. For example, you might pay $10 or $20 for a doctor's visit or prescription drug.
- Coverage determination (Part D)The first decision made by your Medicare drug plan (not the pharmacy) about your drug benefits, including:
- Whether a particular drug is covered
- Whether you have met all the requirements for getting a requested drug
- How much you’re required to pay for a drug
- Whether to make an exception to a plan rule when you request it
- The drug plan must give you a prompt decision (72 hours for standard requests, 24 hours for expedited requests). If you disagree with the plan’s coverage determination, the next step is an appeal.
- Coverage gapA period of time in which you pay higher cost sharing for prescription drugs until you spend enough to qualify for catastrophic coverage. The coverage gap (also called the “donut hole”) starts when you and your plan have paid a set dollar amount for prescription drugs during that year.
- Creditable coveragePrevious health insurance coverage that can be used to shorten a pre-existing condition waiting period under a Medigap policy.