Original Medicare is the red, white, and blue card that has Part A and Part B. Original Medicare is managed by the federal government and provides Medicare eligible individuals with coverage for and access to doctors, hospitals, or other health care providers across the country who accept Medicare. It is a fee-for-service plan, meaning that the Medicare beneficiary usually pays a fee for each service received. Medicare pays its share of an approved amount up to certain limits, and the individual pays the rest. Below we will detail what Part A covers and what Part B covers as well as a brief explanation of what is not covered under Original Medicare.
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