What is Medicare Part B?

Medicare Part B, along with Medicare Part A, is Original Medicare. It covers doctor visits and outpatient medical services. Most people are immediately eligible for Original Medicare upon turning 65.


Medicare Part B Coverage

In general, Part B covers:

  • Doctor visits
  • Outpatient care (including outpatient surgery)
  • Preventive services
  • Ambulance services
  • Mental health
  • Lab tests
  • Durable medical equipment
  • Part-time or intermittent health and rehabilitative services (if ordered by a doctor)

Medicare Part B Preventive Services

Staying healthy is built into your Medicare Part B plan. Beyond exercising, eating healthy and general wellness upkeep, preventive services help you get and stay healthy.

Some preventive services may include:

  • Physical exam
  • Flu shots
  • Hepatitis B shots
  • Cardiovascular screenings
  • Diabetes screenings
  • Cancer screenings
  • And more

The Costs

The cost of Medicare Part B depends on your income.

Head to Medicare.gov for more details on your Part B premium and automatic enrollment.


Medicare Eligibility

For many, qualifying for Medicare simply means turning 65. But there are other eligibility requirements you should be aware of. Discover if you're eligible here.

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