Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D

Here are brief descriptions of what the individual Parts do according to the 2024 Medicare and You Handbook:

Part A (Hospital Insurance) helps cover:

  • Inpatient care in a hospital
  • Skilled nursing facility care
  • Hospice care
  • Home health care. (Page 25)

Part B (Medical Insurance) helps cover medically necessary doctor’s services, outpatient care, home health services, durable medical equipment, mental health services, and other medical services. Part B also covers many preventative services. (Page 29)

Part D (Medicare Drug Coverage) helps pay for prescription drugs you need (Page 79)

What about Part C?

Part C is a label that Medicare uses for Medicare Advantage Plans. This is not really a separate area of coverage; rather, it is a different method of receiving coverage. Here is how the site puts it:


1 (April 19, 2024)

2 (April 19, 2024)