Medicare is our nation's health insurance program for people age 65 or older. Certain people under age 65 can qualify for Medicare, too, including those with disabilities, end stage renal disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Medicare helps with the cost of health care, but it does not cover all medical expenses or the cost of most long-term care.

  • Part A is hospital insurance, which covers inpatient hospital stays, skilled nursing facilities, hospice care, and some home health care.
  • Part B helps pay for medical services such as outpatient care from doctors and other medical providers, as well as durable medical equipment.
  • Part C is Medicare Advantage. It combines Parts A and B, and usually Part D, through a provider organization, like an HMO or PPO.
  • Part D is prescription drug coverage. It helps pay for some medicines.
If you live in Larimer County and are looking for help sorting out information about Medicare, see the section below to find assistance.

Source: MedlinePlus

Note: This definition was prepared to help consumers find reliable health resources on the web. This site is not responsible for the information on other sites. The information here — and on all websites — is not intended to be a substitute for care given to you by a health professional.

Recommended Reading

Medicare Home Page
Medicare information for consumers and professionals from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Help with Medicare in Larimer County

Larimer County residents can get questions answered about Medicare plans at the Aspen Club through UCHealth, 970-495-8560.

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