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 Letter to CMS on Drug Pricing Transparency - December 12, 2018(2 page PDF)
AAFP to DHS Expressing Concern on the “Public Charge” Proposed Rule - December 3, 2018(2 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to Senate HELP Committee on Innovation - November 28, 2018(3 page PDF)
AAFP Summary of the 2019 Final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - November 8, 2018(4 page PDF)
AAFP to Representatives Reed and Sewell on Medicare Coverage for Diabetic Retinopathy Screening - October 18, 2018(4 page PDF)
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