What Is Medicare?
Medicare is federal health insurance offered primarily to people age 65
and older and disabled individuals
under the age of 65. Created in 1965, Medicare started with just two parts—Part
A and Part B. Later on, additional parts—Part C and Part D—were
added as the needs of Medicare beneficiaries changed.
It's important to understand that Original Medicare (Part A and Part
B) does not cover all of your medical expenses. Learn about other options
that are available and why they may be right for you.
Hospital insurance for inpatient stays and more:
Usually there is
no monthly premium for Part A coverage.
You pay a
Part A deductible and coinsurance, which are out-of-pocket expenses, when you receive care. You are responsible
for paying these expenses unless you have a separate health insurance
plan to cover them.
Medicare insurance for doctor services and more:
- Part B is optional coverage
You usually pay a
Monthly Part B premium
For most services, you pay a calendar year
Part B deductible and coinsurance unless you have insurance for those expenses
Medicare-approved prescription drug coverage:
- Part D is sold only through private organizations, like insurers, that
are contracted with Medicare.
- Coverage can be purchased either as a "stand-alone" prescription
drug plan (PDP) or may be included with a Part C Medicare Advantage plan.
Plans that combine medical coverage and prescription drug coverage are
called Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MA-PD) plans.
Part C Medicare Advantage (MA) plans
replace Original Medicare with coverage offered by private organizations, like insurers, that are
contracted with Medicare.
- These plans offer everything covered by Original Medicare Part A and Part
B, plus they often include prescription drug coverage and coverage of
certain services not paid by Original Medicare.
- Premiums and deductibles vary by plan.
Florida Health Care Plans is an HMO plan with a Medicare Contract. Enrollment
in Florida Health Care Plans depends on contract renewal. Medicare beneficiaries
may also enroll in Florida Health Care Plans through the CMS Medicare
Online Enrollment Center located at
Page Last Updated: 10/03/17