Which options are right for you?

There are several things to consider when deciding on your Medicare coverage.

Types of Medicare

Medicare covers services and supplies considered medically necessary to treat a disease or condition. Medicare Advantage plans offer the same types of coverage and are provided by private insurance companies.

Prescription Drugs

To get Medicare drug coverage, you must join a plan run by an insurance company or other private company approved by Medicare. Each plan can vary in cost and drugs covered.

Supplemental Coverage

You may want to get coverage to help pay some of the health care costs that Original Medicare doesn't cover, like copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles. You can choose to buy a Medigap policy from a private company.

2017 costs at a glance

Part A premium Most people don't pay a monthly premium for Part A (sometimes called "premium-free Part A"). If you buy Part A, you'll pay up to $413 each month.
Part A hospital stay

 You pay: 

  • $1,316 deductible for each benefit period
  • Days 1-60: $0 coinsurance for each benefit period
  • Days 61-90: $329 coinsurance per day of each benefit period
  • Days 91 and beyond: $658 coinsurance per each "lifetime reserve day" after day 90 for each benefit period (up to 60 days over your lifetime)
  • Beyond lifetime reserve days: all costs
Part A skilled nursing facility stay

 You pay: 

  • Days 1-20: $0 for each benefit period
  • Days 21-100: $164.50 per day of each benefit period
  • Days 101 and beyond: all costs
Part B premium Most people pay $134 each month.
Part B deductible and coinsurance $183 per year
Part C premium The Part C monthly premium varies by plan.
Part D premium The Part D monthly premium varies by plan (higher-income consumers may pay more).


To help cover the costs of what medicare does not pay, you can choose a Medicare Supplemet plan, or "Medigap".

See Medigap Rates