Part B


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Medicare Part B — along with Part A — is your Original Medicare health plan. Part B helps pay for care that isn't covered by Part A. While it's optional, it's often required before buying more coverage, like prescription drug coverage.

Watch this video to learn about signing up for Medicare Part B.


If you use Medicare Part B, you'll have to pay a deductible each year — and coinsurance — for some care.

Here's how Part B can help when you need care:

Visits Covered

Doctor’s Office

  • Scheduled appointments
  • Hospital
  • Clinic and home visits
  • Surgery



  • Diagnostic X-rays
  • Tests
  • Radiation therapy
  • Additional treatment


Medical Supplies

  • Surgical dressings
  • Splints and casts
  • Oxygen and ventilator-assist tools
  • Prosthetics



Care received in:

  • Medicare-certified hospitals
  • Skilled nursing and home health care facilities
  • Rehab facilities
  • Ambulance transportation


Ambulatory Surgical Center

Procedures performed at a Medicare-certified ambulatory surgical center


Comprehensive Outpatient

Care received in:

  • Outpatient rehab facility
  • Doctor’s office
  • Skilled nursing facility (SNF)
  • Hospital emergency room


Home Health Care Services

Doctor-ordered care