Are you 65 years old or older? Then you can qualify for Medicare insurance. The national health insurance program takes care of health care costs. However, Medicare plans vary based on the covered medical expenses. So what choices will you have with Medicare coverage? This post highlights the different options in Medicare insurance.

Who Qualifies for Medicare? 

  • Individuals who are 65 years old or older 
  • People with disabilities 
  • Individuals suffering from permanent kidney failure (End-Stage Renal Disease) requiring dialysis or transplant 

Medicare Insurance Covers 

Medicare coverage depends on federal and state laws, Medicare national decisions, and local decisions from the state-based companies that process Medicare claims. The following are the different parts of Medicare policies, depending on the services provided:

Medicare Part A 

Medicare Part A, or hospital insurance, includes lab tests, hospice care, surgery, inpatient hospital stay care, skilled nursing facility, and home health care. Ideally, the majority of the people do not pay for Part A monthly premiums. This exemption applies if you or your spouse paid Medicare taxes up to a specific amount during your working years. However, you can buy Part A coverage if you do not qualify for the premium-free policy. 

Medicare Part B 

Medicare Part B, or medical insurance, includes outpatient care, particular doctor's services, preventive care, and medical supplies. Typically, everyone has to pay for the Part B premiums. 

Medicare Part D 

Medicare Part D takes care of the cost of prescription drugs, including recommended vaccines. The prescription drug coverage includes both generic and brand-name drugs. However, the plan varies depending on the formulary (list of prescription drugs) covered. Thus, the cost you pay for each drug depends on the Medicare drug plan you select. 

Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap)

The Original Medicare that includes Part A and Part B does not cover all healthcare services and supplies. Thus, you may require to supplement the insurance with a Medigap cover. Essentially, Medigap will cover all remaining health care costs, including copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles. In addition, you may access medical care when you travel outside the U.S. using Medigap policies. 

Medicare Advantage 

Medicare Advantage policies act as a comprehensive alternative to the Original Medicare. Thus, the cover is a bundled plan offering the benefits of Part A, Part B, and Part D plans. As a result, individuals with Medicare Advantage can access extra benefits, such as coverage for vision, dental, and hearing health care services. Notably, Medicare Advantage insurance plans vary as per the deductible amounts and the rules of accessing services. 

Medicare insurance can ease the health financing burden and enhance access to quality health care. Engage a health care provider about your health care needs and enroll in a suitable Medicare plan.