What’s the difference?
The original version of Medicare is a U.S. government benefit for three groups of people: seniors aged 65 and older, people with certain disabilities and individuals with end stage renal disease. Original Medicare includes:
Part A—partial coverage for hospital, nursing home, hospice, home care
Part B—partial coverage for doctor visits, surgery, lab tests, medical equipment, preventive exams
Medicare doesn’t cover all costs, so many beneficiaries supplement their original Medicare coverage with a Medicare Supplement or replace it with Medicare Advantage. Below are the basic differences in those two types of plans: