Requirement for Medicare

If you're a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. who is 65 years or older, you're most likely eligible to sign up for Medicare.

Enrolling in Original Medicare may be confusing for some people. While some people are automatically enrolled, many must follow a few steps.

If you’re a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. who is 65 years or older, you’re most likely eligible to sign up. You may also be eligible if you’re under 65 if you have a certain disability or End Stage Renal Disease. Read on for a complete list of Medicare requirements.

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Original Medicare

Original Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people age 65 or older and younger people with certain disabilities or End Stage Renal Disease.

Many people are automatically enrolled in Medicare, but some will have to manually enroll.

Original Medicare is divided into two parts: Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B.

Medicare Part A covers:

  • Hospital care
  • Skilled nursing family care
  • Hospice care
  • Limited home health services

Medicare Part B covers:

  • Services and supplies needed to diagnose or treat an illness or condition that meet accepted standards of medical practice
  • Services to prevent or detect an illness or a condition at an early stage

Medicare Advantage plans

An alternative to Original Medicare is Medicare Advantage plans. Medicare Advantage is a program that allows you to receive your Part A and Part B benefits from a private insurer.

Many Medicare Advantage plan options include services not available in Medicare Part A or Part B, which can include vision, dental and prescription drug coverage.

How to enroll

Enrolling in Medicare is simple. You can do it in one of four ways:

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About the author

Christian Worstell is a licensed insurance agent and a Senior Staff Writer for MedicareAdvantage.com. He is passionate about helping people navigate the complexities of Medicare and understand their coverage options.

His work has been featured in outlets such as Vox, MSN, and The Washington Post, and he is a frequent contributor to health care and finance blogs.

Christian is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He currently lives in Raleigh, NC.

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