Understanding Medicare

Medicare is a federal insurance program for people 65 years and older as well as individuals with certain disabilities or diseases.

You have a number of different ways to access Medicare coverage, and we’re here to help you sort through those options.

  • If you haven’t signed up for Medicare, use the social security application below to learn more about retirement benefits.
  • If you want help understanding how medicare works, explore our Medicare resources below.
What is Medicare Part A? Medicare Part A

This covers inpatient care in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, hospice care, and some home health care (though some exclusions apply).

What is Medicare Part B? Medicare Part B

This covers preventive services as well as medically necessary services, medical supplies, ambulance transportation to the hospital, second opinions, and some outpatient drugs.

What is Medicare Part C? Medicare Advantage
(Part C)

Offered by private companies approved by Medicare. Medicare Advantage (MA) plans combine the benefits of Medicare Part A and Part B and may also include additional coverage for vision, dental, hearing, and health and wellness programs. Rules and out-of-pocket costs vary between MA plans.

What is Medicare Part D? Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D)

Part D is an optional program through the federal government that helps cover the cost of prescription drugs and can work alongside your Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan with prescription drug coverage. Different plans cover different prescriptions, generic drugs, and tiers.

Understanding Medicare & How it Works

We’re Here to Help

Your health history, finances, lifestyle, and preferences all factor into your Medicare decisions. That’s a lot to think about. We want to help you stay connected to your doctors and specialists while minimizing any disruption to your health insurance benefits.

Privia has partnered with eHealth, an independent insurance agency, whose licensed insurance agents can help you understand your coverage options, including the plans we accept.

Call eHealth at (877) 377-2491 (TTY 711), weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (EST), to speak with a licensed insurance agent. You can also compare plans from different insurance companies through eHealth’s non-government website below.

Resources & Guides


Understanding Medicare can be confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. Watch our video to get a better understanding of medicare and how to choose the right plan for you. You can also find a helpful Medicare 101 guide along with frequently asked questions.

Medicare overview information on this website was developed by Privia Health™ and myPrivia™ to help consumers understand certain aspects about Medicare. Viewing this Medicare overview does not require you to enroll in any Privia Health plans. For more information about Medicare including a complete listing of plans available in your service area, please contact the Medicare program at 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048) or visit Medicare’s website.