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What is Medicare?

Medicare is the federal health insurance program for:

  • People who are age 65 or older

  • Certain younger people with disabilities

  • People with End-Stage Renal Disease 

Click the links below to learn about the four different parts of Medicare.

What Does Medicare Cover?



Part A covers inpatient hospital stays, care in a skilled nursing facility, hospice care, and some home health care.



Part B covers outpatient care, certain doctor's services, medical supplies, and preventative services.


(medicare advantage)

Part C,also known as Medicare Advantage, is an alternative to Original Medicare. These plans include Part A, Part B and usually Part D.



Part D adds prescription drug coverage to Original Medicare, some Medicare Cost and PFFS Plans, and Medicare MSA plans.

What is a Medicare Supplement (MediGap) plan?

Medicare does not pay for all costs of approved services. A Medicare Supplement policy, also known as a MediGap, is an insurance policy offered by private companies to pick up the gaps (share of cost) in Medicare coverage.

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