Medicare is a federal government program that helps older folks and some disabled people pay their medical bills and prescription drug costs. The program is divided into four parts: Part A, Part B, Part C, and Part D.
- Part A is called hospital insurance and covers most hospital stay costs, as well as some follow-up costs.
- Part B, medical insurance, pays some doctor and outpatient medical care costs.
- Part C is also called Medicare Advantage. It is run by private insurers and Medicare Managed Care plans (such as an HMO that provides Medicare-covered services as well as other coverage).
- Part D covers some prescription drug costs.