Original Medicare is the federal portion of Medicare and has two separate parts:
Part A (Hospital Insurance) covers inpatient services, such as hospital care, hospice care, and skilled nursing facility care.
Part B (Medical Insurance) covers outpatient medical services/supplies, like mental health care, ambulance services, and durable medical equipment (canes, blood sugar monitors, and walkers). Part B also covers certain services that prevent or detect illnesses early, like flu shots, cardiovascular screenings, and diabetes screenings.
Original Medicare doesn’t cover everything. For example, it doesn’t cover long term care, most outpatient prescriptions, hearing exams and aids, vision, or dental care. For this reason, there is a wide variety of additional Medicare plans available to help expand your coverage.