Original Medicare is the governmental part of Medicare. It’s split into two parts:
Part A (Hospital Insurance) covers inpatient services, like hospital care, skilled nursing facility care, hospice care, and nursing home care (as long as custodial care isn’t the only care needed).
Part B (Medical Insurance) covers outpatient healthcare needed to treat your medical condition. Services and supplies covered by Part B include: mental health care, ambulance services, and durable medical equipment (walkers, canes, blood sugar monitors, etc.) Part B also covers some preventive care, like flu shots, cardiovascular screenings, and diabetes screenings.
It’s important to know that Original Medicare doesn’t cover everything. For example, Original Medicare typically does not cover prescription drugs, hearing exams and hearing aids, long term care (i.e. care received at a nursing home), vision, or dental care. For this reason, there are Medicare Advantage plans in Alabama that are available so that you may be able to find the coverage you want.