Original Medicare is the federal part of Medicare and has two components:
Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance): This part covers inpatient services, like hospital admissions, skilled nursing facility care, and hospice.
Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance): This part covers outpatient services and supplies, as well as durable medical equipment. It also covers some services that prevent or detect illnesses at an early stage, such as flu shots, cardiovascular screenings, and diabetes screenings.
Services generally not covered by Original Medicare include:
- Long-term care (custodial care)
- Most outpatient prescription drugs
- Hearing aids
- Eye exams and eyeglasses
- Most dental care and dentures
- Routine foot care
- Cosmetic surgery