October 05, 2023 By Bob Viñal

Understanding the Basics of Medicare: Parts A, B, C, and D


At age 65, we all are required to register for Medicare.   At that point, we often find that clients feel a bit overwhelmed by the insurance jargon and the myriad of options. Understanding the basics of Medicare can feel like deciphering a secret code, but we're here to break it down into digestible pieces for you. 

What are the Different “Parts” of Medicare

Medicare Part A: Hospital Insurance

First up, we've got Medicare Part A, which is like your ticket to hospital and inpatient care. Part A covers necessary hospital stays, a certain amount of skilled nursing facility care, hospice, and limited home health care. 

Medicare Part B: Medical Insurance

Next on the agenda is Medicare Part B. Part B is your go-to for outpatient care, doctor visits, and preventive services.  It’s all about keeping you in tip-top shape with a range of medically necessary services to keep you healthy, and to address problems quickly when they do arise. 

Medicare Part C: Medicare Advantage

Now, let's talk about Medicare Part C, also known as Medicare Advantage. This is a way to get all your Part A and Part B coverage in one neat package, rolled into a plan that is offered by private insurance companies (but it still must meet Medicare coverage standards). Plus, it often throws in some extra perks like vision, dental, and maybe even gym memberships.  Part C plans are optional and there are many different options which our team of licensed insurance agents can help you to understand.

Medicare Part D: Prescription Drug Coverage

Last but certainly not least, we've got Medicare Part D, which is your prescription drug coverage. From insulin to allergy meds, it helps you manage those prescriptions and keep your wallet happy. If you’re enrolled in Original Medicare (Parts A and B) you might consider adding a Part D plan to manage prescription costs. Some Medicare Advantage plans include Part D in the coverage, but others don’t, so research your Part C plan carefully before making a decision. 

It's important to remember that while these parts cover a lot, they might not cover everything. That's where you come in as the savvy consumer. Understanding what's covered and what's not covered, plus exploring additional coverage options like Medigap policies can help you manage your budget while accessing all of the medical services you require. 

Having the right Medicare coverage is like having a trusty map. It guides you through the twists and turns of the healthcare system. Luckily, you don’t have to navigate the enrollment process alone! Contact us here at Bay Area Health Insurance, and one of our licensed insurance agents can provide you with information you need to make a well-informed decision. 

About Author

Bob Viñal

Bob Viñal has been working in the insurance industry for more than 30 years, handling everything from plan design to claims and rating structures.

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