There are 2 main ways to get your Medicare coverage, Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C). Use these steps to help you decide which way you want to get your coverage. Before you make a decision, you can get local, personalized Medicare counseling from the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP).
Read about what Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) covers, including inpatient care at a hospital, skilled nursing facility (SNF), and hospice. Part A also covers services like lab tests, surgery, doctor visits, and home health care.
Learn about what Medicare Part B (medical insurance) covers, including doctor and other health care providers’ services, outpatient care, durable medical equipment, home health care, and some preventive services.
Learn what Medicare drug plans cover, including information about a drug formulary and tiers.
Learn about Medicare health plans, which provide Part A and Part B benefits to people with Medicare. The plans include Medicare Advantage, Medicare Medical Savings Account (MSA), and Medicare Cost plans, and Demonstration/Pilot Programs, Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), and Medication Therapy Management (MTM) programs for complex health needs.
Learn which preventive and screening services Medicare covers to keep you healthy and find problems early, when treatment is most effective.
Find and compare hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, medical item suppliers, health care providers, health and drug plans, and dialysis facilities. Learn about how to choose providers and plans in your state.
Learn about what items and services Medicare Part A and Part B doesn’t cover. You’ll have to pay for the items and services yourself unless you have other insurance or you’re in a Medicare health plan that covers them.
Need more information about medicare. Visit Medicare.gov