Original Medicare

Original Medicare (often just called “Medicare”) is a federal program that provides health insurance for people 65 and older and other people with certain disabilities. Original Medicare is made up of Part A (hospital insurance) and Part B (medical insurance covering doctor visits and treatment). 

Chart defining Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B

Original Medicare (Parts A and B) Does Not Pay For Everything

ORIGINAL MEDICARE does not pay 100% of the cost of services it does cover. There are also things ORIGINAL MEDICARE does not cover at all, including prescription drugs, routine eye, dental, foot, and hearing care, long-term care, most care outside the US and more. Many people enroll in additional Medicare plans to help cover some of these costs. (See ADDITIONAL COVERAGE OPTIONS for more information.)

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