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Medicare is a key federal health insurance program administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that was designed to pay for a variety of healthcare expenses for millions of Americans over the age of 65 as well as others with a   qualified permanent disability. Similar to Social Security, Medicare is an entitlement program where most American citizens have earned the right to enrol if they have been working and paying their taxes. Depending on how long you worked, the rates for your Medicare coverage may vary.

What do different parts of Medicare encompass?

Medicare breaks down into four separate parts. Each part offers a different set of features and services to Medicare patients:  

• Part A: Medicare hospital insurance
• Part B: Medical insurance
• Part C: Medicare Advantage plans
• Part D: Prescription Drug Insurance (Outpatient)

Part A and B, known as Original Medicare provides eligible individuals with coverage and access to doctors, hospitals and other health care providers who accept Medicare; Part C, Medicare Advantage, is a private health insurance; Part D offers coverage for prescription drugs.

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