Medicare Advantage plans (Medicare Part C) are a form of private health insurance that provides the same coverage as Medicare Part A and Part B (Original Medicare) and may include additional benefits such as dental, vision, and prescription drug coverage.
Medicare is a federal government program in the United States that provides health insurance for people 65 and older, and younger people who meet certain qualifying conditions such as extra help for prescription drugs.
It is divided into four parts:
Medicare Part A and Part B are also known as Original Medicare. Medicare Part C is also known as Medicare Advantage (private health plans). Medicare Part D specifically focuses on prescription drug coverage. So, what is Part A in Medicare?
The Medicare Part A definition provided by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) defines Part A as hospital insurance. This means it covers the costs associated with costs billed by hospitals or other similar inpatient settings. That may include hospice, skilled nursing facilities, and some home-based health situations.