Medicare can seem complex with its four parts and various coverage options. Pure’s Financial Planner, Daniel Goldstein, CFP®, AIF®, simplifies it for you to help you find plans that suit your needs and budget.
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Medicare has four parts: Part A; hospital insurance, Part B; medical insurance, Part C; Medicare Advantage, and Part D; prescription drug coverage.
There are two main types of Medicare plans: Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage. Original Medicare is the traditional fee-for-service plan offered by the government, while Medicare Advantage is a private insurance plan that provides additional benefits beyond what Original Medicare covers.
Part A is hospital insurance that covers inpatient stays, hospice care, skilled nursing facility care, and some home health care services. Part A is usually free if you or your spouse paid Medicare taxes for at least 10 years.
Part B is medical insurance that covers doctor visits, preventive care, outpatient services, and medical equipment. Part B has a monthly premium that depends on your income and a yearly deductible that you have to pay before Medicare starts paying its share.
Part C is also known as Medicare Advantage. These are plans offered by private companies that combine the coverage of Part A and Part B, and often include Part D and extra benefits like vision, hearing, and dental services. Part C plans have different costs and rules depending on the plan you choose.
Part D is a prescription drug coverage that helps you pay for your medications. Part D plans are also offered by private companies and have different costs and formularies (lists of covered drugs). Part D is optional and can be added to Original Medicare (Parts A and B) or included in a Medicare Advantage plan (Part C).
To compare the different Medicare plans and their costs, you can use the Medicare Plan Finder tool on the official Medicare website. This tool can help you find plans that suit your needs and budget. Take advantage of Pure’s free financial assessment to see how Medicare plays a crucial role in your retirement plan.
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