Let's break down the basics of Medicare

What is Medicare?

Medicare is a federal health insurance program for people 65 or older, people younger than 65 with disabilities, and others with specific medical conditions. Scroll down to learn the basics of Medicare and see next steps for the situation that best applies to you.

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Learn the ABCs and Ds of Medicare Advantage

Medicare is divided into ‘parts,’ covering different types of health benefits. These are commonly referred to as Medicare Part A, Part B, Part C, and Part D.

Original Medicare (Parts A and B)

Original Medicare is coverage managed by the federal government. They pay a share of the cost and you pay the remaining balance. Medicare Part A provides hospital insurance including inpatient care in hospitals, hospice care, home health care, and care provided in a skilled nursing facility (if you meet certain requirements). Medicare Part B provides medical insurance including doctor visits, procedures that don’t require an overnight hospital stay, and some preventive care.

Medicare Advantage (Part C) = Medicare A, B, and D

Many people find that Original Medicare doesn’t provide enough coverage and choose to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan. Medicare Part C, also known as Medicare Advantage, combines Medicare Part A, Part B, and often Part D (drug coverage). Mass General Brigham Health Plan has Medicare Advantage plans starting at $0 monthly premium that include additional coverage not covered by Original Medicare.

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Over-the-counter benefits

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Enhanced dental, vision, and hearing services

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Hearing aids and eyewear allowance

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Fitness reimbursement

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Coverage when you travel worldwide

Learn more about Medicare

Medicare 101 video series

Dive into the details of Medicare with these helpful, easy-to-understand videos. 

Medicare Basics guide

Our Medicare Basics guide is a helpful tool to refer back to as you move forward and review your Medicare plan options.