Medicare Sign Up

When you turn 65 (or if you are younger with a qualifying disability or End Stage Renal Disease), you will most likely be eligible to enroll in Medicare, which provides health care coverage for a wide range of services. Before you sign up, be sure you understand your options, including if you want to enroll in Original Medicare (Medicare Part A and Part B) or Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C).

Medicare enrollment form

Original Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage

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

Original Medicare consists of Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B.

Medicare Part A, also known as hospital insurance, covers:

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

Medicare Part B, also known as medical insurance, covers:

  • Outpatient services, like doctor’s visits, preventive services and testing
  • Durable medical equipment
  • Other services

Medicare Advantage is an alternative to Original Medicare that is sold by private insurers. By law, all Medicare Advantage plans must provide at least the same benefits as Original Medicare.* However, many Medicare Advantage plans also provide additional benefits, including dental, vision and prescription drug coverage.

*Hospice care is still provided by Medicare Part A.

Signing up for Original Medicare

You can sign up for Medicare one of four ways:

Signing up for Medicare Advantage

You must be enrolled in Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B to sign up for a Medicare Advantage plan. Before you sign up for Medicare Advantage, take the time to understand the different types of plans available, including:

A licensed insurance agent can help you sign up for a Medicare Advantage plan today. Call TTY Users: 711.

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MedicareAdvantage.com is a website owned and operated by TZ Insurance Solutions LLC. TZ Insurance Solutions LLC and TruBridge, Inc. represent Medicare Advantage Organizations and Prescription Drug Plans having Medicare contracts; enrollment in any plan depends upon contract renewal.

Plan availability varies by region and state. For a complete list of available plans, please contact 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048), 24 hours a day/7 days a week or consult www.medicare.gov.

Medicare has neither reviewed nor endorsed this information.