What is Medicare?
Medicare is broken up into 4 parts
Part A covers hospital and inpatient services
Part B covers doctor visits and other outpatient services.
Part C, also known as Medicare Advantage, makes Medicare-covered services available through private health plans, such as HMOs, PPOs, and private fee for service plans (PFFSs).
Part D was created under the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (2003 Medicare Act) to cover the costs of prescription drugs. Prescription drug coverage is offered by private companies through stand-alone plans (for members who have original Medicare) and through HMOs, PPOs, and PFFSs (for beneficiaries who have Medicare Advantage). Anyone who has original Medicare or Medicare Advantage is eligible to enroll in Part D. Enrollment in Part D is voluntary.
Together, Parts A and B are referred to as original Medicare.
Links to Important Information About Medicare Part D
Information about Medicare Part D
Your Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Options
For people with limited income and resources
Questions & Answers
Frequently Asked Questions about Medicare Part D