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.
AAFP Testimony to Senate Appropriations on FY 2018 Priorities - May 31, 2017(4 page PDF)
AAFP Testimony to House Appropriations on FY 2018 Priorities - March 8, 2017(5 page PDF)
AAFP Letter on Medicare Drug Pricing Negotiation - January 11, 2017(1 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to SSA on Rules for the Evaluation of Medicine - October 19, 2016(2 page PDF)
AAFP Letter in Support of the Save Rural Hospitals Act (HR 3225) - July 26, 2016(2 page PDF)