When you sign up for Medicare you automatically get Part A, which covers hospital bills. But you must enroll if you choose:
• Part B - covers inpatient/outpatient doctor visits, many preventive care services, and medical items such as diabetes testing supplies, home medical equipment and nebulizers (covered at Walgreens2)
• Part C - additional hospital and prescription Medicare coverage offered by private insurers (also known as Medicare Advantage plus Prescription Drug coverage, or MA-PD)
• Part D - prescription drug coverage provided by private insurance plans
If you're 65 or older (or have a Medicare-qualified disability), and know you'll have at least one medical prescription going forward, then a Part D plan is something you should carefully consider.
You'll pay a monthly premium for your prescription drug plan. Sign up when you first qualify to avoid paying higher premiums in the future.