What is Medicare?
Medicare Part A coverage is for hospital services such as hospital stays, skilled nursing care, hospice care or at times, home health care.
Medicare Part B coverage is for physician services such as visits in the doctor’s office, medical supplies and preventive health services.
Medicare C coverage (also called Medicare Advantage Plans) is private health insurance coverage that provides you with Part A and Part B benefits, and may cover more services (but never less) than Original Medicare. Medicare C may also include prescription drug coverage.
Medicare Part D coverage is for prescription drug coverage that is added to Original Medicare (Part A and Part B). The easiest way to think of Medicare Part D is insurance for your covered prescriptions when you pick them up at a pharmacy.
Supplemental/Medigap is extra health insurance that you buy from a private company to pay health care costs not covered by Original Medicare, such as copayments, deductibles and health care if you travel outside the U.S.