Medicare 101

Medicare is a federal health insurance program managed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). You are eligible for Medicare once you have reached age 65 (or younger, if you have a disability).

The ABC’s and D’s of Medicare

  • Medicare Part A (Original Medicare hospital insurance): Inpatient hospital stays, care in a skilled nursing facility, hospice care, and some home health care
  • Medicare Part B (Original Medicare medical insurance): Doctor’s services, outpatient care, medical supplies, and preventive care
  • Medicare Part C (Medicare-approved plan from a private company): Usually bundles hospital, medical, and prescription drug coverages. You might have heard of these plans as Medicare Advantage plans.
  • Medicare Part D: Prescription drugs

Medicare and the Health Options Program

Watch our short video that explains how Medicare works with the Health Options Program.

Last Modified: November 17, 2023

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