Overview of Medicare
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.
Recent AAFP Communications
AAFP Letter Calling for Congress to Prioritize Primary Care - May 7, 2020(3 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to HHS on Supporting Primary Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic - May 4, 2020(3 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to Congressional Leadership Urging Prioritization of Primary Care and the Primary Care Delivery System - April 13, 2020(4 page PDF)
AAFP Response to CMS on the 2021 and 2022 Part C and Part D Proposed Rule - April 6, 2020(8 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to CMS on Section 5 of EO #13890 Regarding Supervision Requirements of Non-physician Providers - January 14, 2020(3 page PDF)
Joint Communications with Other Organizations
Joint Letter to Senate HELP Committee on Telehealth Principles - July 1, 2020(3 page PDF)
Joint Letter Calling for Permanent Telehealth Changes - June 29, 2020(9 page PDF)
Joint Letter to Congress Supporting the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2019 (H.R. 3107) - September 9, 2019(10 page PDF)
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