Medicare, a federal health program was created in 1965. It provides health insurance for the following: People 65 or older; people under 65 receiving Social Security Disability Benefits and persons with End-stage Renal Disease (ESRD).
The different parts of Medicare help cover specific services.
Original Medicare includes:
Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Doctors’ Services, Outpatient Hospital & Emergency Room, Durable Medical Equipment and Other Services and Supplies).
All benefits are paid through the Federal government. Part D plans or supplement insurance can be added to Original Medicare.
Private Medicare Includes:
Part C (Medicare Advantage includes Part A, Part B, Part D and additional coverage such as vision or dental).
Part D (Prescription Drug coverage) began January 1, 2006. It is offered by private plans approved by Medicare. It is available for all people with Medicare. Beneficiaries must join a Medicare drug plan to get coverage.
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