What is Medicare?
Medicare is a federal health insurance program and is comprised of four main parts: Parts A, B, C, and D. Together, Parts A and B are known as Original Medicare offered by the government.
Medicare Part A
Medicare Part A helps pay for inpatient hospital care. It also covers skilled nursing care, some home-health services, and hospice care. Read more...
Medicare Part B
Medicare Part B helps pay for physician services, outpatient hospital care, and other medical services not covered by Part A. Together, Parts A and B are known as Original Medicare.
Medicare Part C
Also known as Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part C covers all services under Parts A and B and usually offers additional benefits. You can get Part C plans through private organizations like Kaiser Permanente. Read more...
Medicare Part D
Medicare Part D helps pay for outpatient prescription drugs and is available through private health care organizations such as Kaiser Permanente. Many Medicare Advantage plans include Medicare Part D coverage. There are also stand-alone Medicare Part D plans that can be paired with Original Medicare or a Medicare Supplemental plan. Read more...
In general, you’re eligible for Medicare if you’re 65 or older, or younger than 65 and meet criteria for certain disabilities. Requirements can vary among different kinds of Medicare plans.
Medicare supplemental insurance
Sold by insurance companies, Medicare supplemental plans—also known as Medigap plans—are designed to fill in the coverage gaps in Original Medicare (Parts A and B). These plans also offer coverage for services that Original Medicare doesn't cover, like medical care when you travel outside of the U.S.