Original Medicare (Part A & Part B) Explained

Original Medicare, or Medicare Part A & Part B is sometimes called “Traditional Medicare” or “fee for service” Medicare. Original Medicare covers doctor, hospital, skilled nursing facility or outpatient treatment clinic treatment if Medicare assignments are accepted. Original Medicare is made up of 2 parts:

  • Part A – Inpatient Care

Medicare Part A (“hospital insurance”) pays for hospital care and some of the costs for a stay in skilled nursing facilities and healthcare at home. Medicare Part A covers hospice care for those who are terminally ill.

  • Part B – Outpatient Care

Medicare Part B pays for doctors’ services like screenings and lab test, outpatient hospital care and home healthcare, which is not covered by Part A.

What do Parts A and B cover?

What do parts A and B NOT Cover?

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