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).
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:
Medicare Part B, also known as medical insurance, covers:
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.
You can sign up for Medicare one of four ways:
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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