Medicare Part D: The Medicare prescription drug benefit program. We call this program “Part D” for short. Medicare Part D covers outpatient prescription drugs, vaccines, and some supplies not covered by Medicare Part A or Medicare Part B or Medical Assistance. Our plan includes Medicare Part D.Medicare Part A: The Medicare program that covers most medically necessary hospital, skilled nursing facility, home health, and hospice care.
Medicare Part B: The Medicare program that covers services (such as lab tests, surgeries, and doctor visits) and supplies (such as wheelchairs and walkers) that are medically necessary to treat a disease or condition. Medicare Part B also covers many preventive and screening services.
Medical Assistance: This is the name of Minnesota’s Medicaid program. Medical Assistance is run by the state and is paid for by the state and the federal government. It helps people with limited incomes and resources pay for long-term services and supports and medical costs.
It covers extra services and some drugs not covered by Medicare. Medicaid programs vary from state to state, but most health care costs are covered if you qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid.

Health Care Directive

What is a health care directive?

A health care directive (also known as an “advance directive” or “living will”) is a legal written document that tells others about how you want to be taken care of when you can’t communicate with them, as in situations where you may be critically ill or injured. It allows you to name another person, called an “agent,” to decide for you if you are unable to decide. You and/or your agent must be at least 18 years old to make a health care directive.

Why have a health care directive?

Making decisions for someone else can be very hard when you don’t know exactly what they would want. The health care directive helps your family, your agent or your doctor make decisions about your care based on your preferences. You fill it out when you are healthy and thinking clearly. The directive will help guide others toward the kind of care you want in the event you are unable to make those decisions for yourself.

Download a Health Care Directive (pdf) that you can print and fill out at home.

Health Care Directives informs others of your health care wishes

A health care directive is also known as advance directive or living will.

Last Updated on 05/22/2023 by Chris Gartner