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Original Medicare (Medicare Parts A and B)

3 things to know about Original Medicare:

  1. It’s a federal health insurance program that covers U.S. citizens and permanent legal residents who are 65 and older, and those with certain disabilities or diseases.
  2. Original Medicare consists of Part A and Part B.
  3. Part B is optional and comes with a monthly premium.

Medicare is a federal program that ensures U.S. citizens and permanent legal residents 65 years of age and older (and younger individuals with certain disabilities or diseases) have affordable health care coverage options. In 2017, more than 57.7 million people are projected to be enrolled in Medicare, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

There are 4 parts of Medicare: Parts A, B, C, and D. Each part covers different services.

Medicare Parts A and B (Original Medicare) are provided by the federal government. Medicare Part C and Part D are provided by private insurance companies.

Eligibility and enrollment

In order to qualify for Medicare coverage, you must be at least 65 years old and a citizen (or permanent legal resident) of the United States. You also may qualify if you are under 65 and have a qualifying disability or disease.

Some people are enrolled in Medicare automatically. If you are not enrolled automatically, you can enroll on your own during certain enrollment periods.

More info: Medicare eligibility and enrollment

Benefits

Each part of Original Medicare provides different benefits. Part A provides hospital coverage and Part B provides non-emergency medical coverage.

More info: Medicare benefits

Costs

Part A is free for most enrollees, according to Medicare.gov.

Part B comes with a monthly standard premium that is $134 in 2017 for most people, according to Medicare.gov. It may cost more, depending on your income.

Both Part A and Part B have out-of-pocket coverage costs such as deductibles and co-payments.

Medicare Part A

Part A is hospital insurance and is the first half of Original Medicare. Its coverage includes inpatient hospital stays, hospice care, and skilled nursing facility care.

Generally, you must have Medicare Part A to get Medicare Parts B, C, or D.

It is free for most Medicare enrollees.

More info: Medicare Part A

Medicare Part B

Part B is medical insurance and is the second half of Original Medicare. Its coverage includes outpatient hospital care, preventative care, doctors services, and other non-emergency medical care.

You must pay a monthly premium to get Part B coverage.

You must have Part B to qualify for Medicare-related coverage like Medicare Advantage plans (Medicare Part C) and Medicare Supplement insurance.

More info: Medicare Part B

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This information is not a complete description of benefits. Contact the plan for more information. Limitations, copayments and restrictions may apply. Benefits, premiums and/or member cost-share may change on January 1 of each year.

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TZ Insurance Solutions LLC and the licensed sales agents that may call you are not connected with or endorsed by the U.S. Government or the federal Medicare program. This website does not contain a complete listing of plans available in your service area. For a complete listing please contact 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users should call (877) 486-2048), 24 hours a day / 7 days a week or consult www.medicare.gov.

Not all plans or products are available in all markets. Additional plans may be available in your service area. For a complete listing please contact 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048), 24 hours a day/7 days a week or consult www.medicare.gov.

Last Updated: 09/12/2017 Pending Accepted

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