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 Labor HHS on FY 2020 Priorities - April 12, 2019(3 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to E&C Health Subcommittee on Drug Pricing Bills - March 13, 2019(3 page PDF)
AAFP Statement to the Senate HELP Committee on Health Care Access and Underserved Communities - January 29, 2019(5 page PDF)
Joint Letter to CMS on the Part C and D Proposed Rule - January 25, 2019(6 page PDF)
AAFP Response to CMS on the Part C and D Proposed Rule - January 25, 2019(2 page PDF)
AAFP Comment Letter on 2019 Final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - December 28, 2018(12 page PDF)
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