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General questions about Medicare

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    What does Medicare cover?
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    Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) helps cover:

    • Inpatient care in a hospital
    • Inpatient care in a skilled nursing facility (not custodial or long-term care)
    • Hospice care
    • Home health care
    • Inpatient care in a religious nonmedical health care institution

    There are some limits on the number of hospital or skilled nursing facility days that Medicare helps pay for in a benefit period.

    Medicare Part B helps cover:

    • Medically necessary doctor's services
    • Outpatient care
    • Home health services
    • Durable medical equipment
    • Some preventive services

    To find out what the premiums may be for Medicare Part A and Part B, you can find that and more information in the Medicare & You Handbook or call Medicare at 1-800-633-4227.

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    Does Medicare have a deductible?
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    In 2018, Part A, the hospital part of Medicare, has a $1,340 deductible. Part B, the medical part of Medicare, has a $183 deductible.

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    What is the difference between Medicare and Medicaid?
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    Medicare was designed to help with your medical costs as you age. Medicaid is a program for individuals who have a qualifying low income. Medicaid may pay some or all of your Medicare premiums and may also pay your Medicare deductibles and coinsurance. To find out if you qualify for Medicaid, please call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213.