Medicare covers most services deemed "medically necessary." Medicare coverage is divided into four parts: A, B, C and D. Part A helps pay the costs of a stay in a hospital or skilled nursing facility, home health care, hospice care, and medicines administered to inpatients. Part B helps pay bills for physicians and outpatient services such as rehab therapy, lab tests and medical equipment. It also covers doctors' services in the hospital and most medicines administered in a doctor's office. Part C consists of a variety of private health plans, known as Medicare Advantage plans that cover Part A, Part B and (often) Part D services in one package. Part D helps pay the cost of prescription drugs, plus insulin supplies and some vaccines.
The AAFP will continue to advocate for primary care physicians and their patients by calling for expanded health care coverage.