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 Senate Finance Committee on Opioid Epidemic Relief - February 14, 2018(3 page PDF)
Joint Letter to House and Senate Leadership on Extending Expired Health Care Programs and Policies - January 29, 2018(3 page PDF)
AAFP Letter Responding to the 2019 Part C and Part D Proposed Rule - January 16, 2018(12 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to Senate on Mis-valued Code Policy - December 18, 2017(1 page PDF)
Group of Six Joint Letter to Senate and House Leadership on Tax Reform - December 14, 2017(3 page PDF)
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