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Most people have heard of Medicare, but don’t know much about it. Basically, it’s a government program that provides health insurance for those 65 and over — and for people under 65 with special circumstances, like a disability.

Medicare is made up of 4 parts: A, B, C and D.

Part A

HOSPITALIZATION

Hospital

Part A covers hospitalization, skilled nursing facilities and other inpatient care.

Part B

MEDICAL SERVICES

Doctor

Part B covers doctor visits, lab tests and other outpatient services.

Part C

MEDICARE ADVANTAGE

Medicare Advantage

Part C is also known as “Medicare Advantage.” These are private insurance plans that work with Original Medicare.

Part D

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

RX Bottle

Part D is prescription drug coverage, which is not covered under Original Medicare.

Important Information

The program begins with “Original Medicare” and has two parts — Part A for hospitalization and Part B for medical services.

IMPORTANT: Part A & Part B alone won’t cover all your healthcare needs. In fact, approximately 20% of medical expenses plus 100% of prescription drug costs aren’t covered at all.

Fortunately, Medicare has private insurance options that can help fill the gap. They’re called Part C and Part D. And they’re available from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.

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