Medicare is our country’s health insurance program for people age 65 or older. Certain people younger than age 65 can qualify for Medicare, too, including those who have disabilities, permanent kidney failure or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease). The program helps with the cost of health care, but it does not cover all medical expenses or the cost of most long-term care. You may buy a Medicare supplement policy (called Medigap) from a private insurance company to cover some of the costs that Medicare does not.
You may think that Medicaid and Medicare are the same. Actually, they are two different programs.
Medicare has four parts:
- Hospital insurance (Part A)
- Medical insurance (Part B)
- Medicare Advantage (Part C)
- Prescription drug coverage (Part D)