Medicare: The Basics
Medicare has 4 basic parts: Part A, and Part B are essential. Then there is Part C, (Which is also called Medicare Advantage) and Part D (which is the Medicare drug Coverage).CMS Overview
Once eligible you will first be enrolled in:
These are standard for everyone who is 65 or otherwise eligible.
Then you will need to choose a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage
with the choice of one of these two options:
- Medicare Part C – Medicare Advantage (MA) alone or a Medicare Advantage plan with Rx.(MAPD). As an alternative to a “Medicare Advantage” plan you may want to select a …
- Medicare Supplemental Insurance plan along with a stand alone Medicare Rx Plan. This is the best combination of coverage for those on Medicare. It in some case may cost a little more than a Medicare Advantage plan but will provide better coverage, have no networks, and have none or very few copays compared to Medicare Advantage.
Note: This is illustrated on page 43 of the CMS Medicare & You Booklet