Original Medicare is the traditional fee-for-service program offered directly through the federal government.
Under Original Medicare, the government pays directly for the health care services you receive. You can see any doctor that takes Medicare (and most do) anywhere in the country. Original Medicare is sometimes called “traditional” Medicare.
Unless you make another choice, you will have Original Medicare. You can also choose to get your Medicare benefits from a Medicare private health plan. Medicare private health plans must offer at least the same benefits as Original Medicare but can do so with different rules, costs and restrictions. You may be automatically enrolled in a Medicare private health plan if your employer sponsors one when you become eligible for Medicare.
In Original Medicare:
Once you are enrolled in Original Medicare, you can choose to get your health coverage from a Medicare private health plan like an HMO or PPO instead. You will get your Medicare Part A and B coverage from the private plan, but with different rules, costs and restrictions
To find out more about your Medicare coverage options, click on the link in the GO TO box.