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Let’s start by defining the letters that make up the Medicare alphabet soup and what they mean in terms of coverage.

• Part A: Generally covers inpatient hospital services
• Part B: Usually covers doctor visits, outpatient services, and durable medical equipment
• Part C: Known as Medicare Advantage; an alternative to original Medicare Parts A and B plus D (This plan typically offers drug coverage, plus vision and dental care. Individuals must first enroll in original Medicare to be eligible for Part C Medicare Advantage. The cost of the plan may be the same as original Medicare, but there could be additional charges, depending on the plan selected.)
• Part D: Prescription coverage