What's Medicare Part A and B?

Medicare Part A and B, also called Original Medicare, is the health insurance you get from the government. It covers many, but not all, health needs. Parts A and B include:

  • hospital care
  • doctor visits
  • mental health care
  • lab tests
  • medical equipment, like wheelchairs and walkers


What's Medicare Part C?

Medicare Part C is also known as Medicare Advantage. Part C plans include all the benefits of Parts A and B, with many plans offering drug coverage and dental and vision options. You can sign up for a Medicare Advantage plan through the UAW Trust.


What's Medicare Part D?

Medicare Part D is a prescription drug plan that you can also get through the Trust. It's easy to remember if you think "D" for drugs.


When to sign up for Medicare

If you're turning 65 soon, you've probably received information from the U.S. government about Medicare, including important dates and deadlines. Unless you have special health conditions, you can enroll in Medicare:

  • in the three months before your 65th birthday month 
  • during your 65th birthday month
  • in the three months after your 65th birthday month

We recommend you enroll before turning 65.


Interested in finding out more?

If you want to learn even more about Medicare, take a look at Medicare 101. You'll find information about Medicare that goes beyond the basics.