Original Medicare is the federal part of Medicare and has two components:
Part A (Hospital Insurance) covers inpatient services, like hospital care, nursing home care, and care received at a skilled nursing facility.
Part B (Medical Insurance) covers certain outpatient medical services and supplies. Part B includes mental health care, ambulance services, and durable medical equipment, like canes, blood sugar monitors, and walkers. Part B also covers some services that prevent or detect illnesses at an early stage, like flu shots, cardiovascular screenings, and diabetes screenings.
Original Medicare doesn’t cover everything. For example, it doesn’t cover long term care, most prescription drugs, hearing exams/aids, vision, or dental care. For this reason, there are other different types of Medicare plans available through Medicare-approved private insurance companies for different levels of coverage.