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Medicare Enrollment Eligibility

Medicare Eligibility

Disability & General Qualifications

  • Who Can Enroll in Medicare?
  • Am I signed up Automatically?
  • Who has to sign up?
  • Where can I find if I’m eligible?

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How to enroll in Medicare

Enrolling in Medicare

How and When to Enroll

You can only enroll in Medicare during three important timeframes: The Initial Enrollment Period, the Special Enrollment Period, and the General Enrollment Period. To find out more about How and When to Enroll.

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Important Medicare information

Factors to Consider

Important Information/Factors

Will your Medicare plan allow you to keep your Personal Care Physician? What about Prescription Drugs? Making informed Medicare decisions is a complex task, be sure to consider these important questions and factors before doing so.

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Medicare 101 Video

Sit back and watch a helpful video about Medicare basics and the different types of Medicare insurance. This is an educational video and no specific Medicare plans are marketed.

Medicare ABCs

Medicare ABCs

Basics

  • What is Medicare?
  • Cost basics

Medicare is a federal health insurance program for eligible beneficiaries 65 and older, and beneficiaries with a qualifying medical disability. There are four parts to Medicare (Parts A-D) that cover Hospital and Inpatient care, Doctor Visits and outpatient care, private insurance companies that have contracts with Medicare to provide Medicare Advantage, and Prescription Drug coverage. Most will only need to pay the Part B Premium of $164.90 per month.

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Medicare Part A

Hospital Stays/Inpatient Care

Medicare Part A covers hospital, skilled nursing, home health and hospice care. Part A covers these services but not fully, and not all services. The standard Part A Deductible for 2023 is $1,600.

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Medicare Part B

Doctor Visits/Outpatient Care

Medicare Part B helps cover physician services, outpatient services, durable medical equipment, and other outpatient services. The standard premium for Part B in 2023 is $164.90.

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Medicare Part C

Medicare Advantage

Medicare Part C refers to Medicare Advantage plans. These plans incorporate your Part A, Part B, and often Part D – Prescription Drug coverage – into one plan. Medicare pays a private Medicare-approved insurance company to provide your healthcare coverage with a Medicare Advantage plan. These plans must, at minimum, provide the same level of coverage as Original Medicare and may include a monthly plan premium. Medicare Advantage plans often include additional benefits not offered by Original Medicare.

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Medicare Part D

Prescription Drugs

Medicare Part D refers to Medicare Prescription Drug coverage. There are important restrictions and limitations that affect prescription drug coverage on a plan by plan basis. People with Original Medicare and a Medicare Supplement Insurance plan will need to enroll in a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug plan separately. For people enrolling in a Medicare Advantage plan, a Prescription Drug plan is often included with the Medicare Advantage coverage. You should note that if you decide to enroll late for Medicare Part D Prescription Drug coverage, a penalty may be assessed.

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Medigap

Medicare Supplement

Medicare Supplement Insurance policies, also called ‘Medigap’ policies, help cover costs Original Medicare (Part A + Part B) don’t cover, including copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles. Medicare Supplement Insurance policies require an additional monthly plan premium in addition to your Part A and/or Part B premiums. Medigap policies do not cover prescription drugs – individuals in need of additional prescription drug coverage would also need to enroll in a Medicare Part D Prescription drug plan. Medigap policies may be popular for individuals who travel frequently.

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Medicare Plan Types

Medicare Plan Types

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Original Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage

Picking the Right Option for You

Medicare Supplement vs. Medicare Advantage

Picking the Right Option for You

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Medicare vs. Medicaid

Picking the Right Option for You

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Important Dates

Important Dates

Initial Enrollment Period (IEP/ICEP)

This is the time frame most people sign up for Medicare. A seven-month period, starting three months before the month in which you turn 65 and ending three months after that month (assumes you do not delay enrolling in Medicare Part B plan).

Annual Enrollment Period (AEP)
October 15 – December 7

Beneficiaries may switch, add, or delete a plan. New plans will be effective January 1 of the following year.

Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (MAOEP)
January 1 – March 31

Medicare Advantage plan enrollees may enroll in another MA plan or disenroll from their MA plan and return to Original Medicare. Individuals may make only one election during this enrollment period.

Special Enrollment Period (SEP)

Special enrollment periods may apply when certain events happen in your life, such as relocation, loss of group coverage, your current plan ends its Medicare contract, etc…  The amount of time you have to make a change depends on the qualifying SEP event.

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Medicare Resources

Medicare Resources

Medicare Administration

Click here to get the information you would need about official Medicare information, publications, apps, and more. Medicare is always reachable by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227, TTY users call 1-877-486-2048).

Get Help Paying

Trouble paying your Medicare expenses? Are your Prescription Drug costs unaffordable? Click here for resources for helping pay your health care costs, including various programs such as Medicare’s “Extra Help,” Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs, Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and more.

Additional Resources

Click here to find additional helpful resources, including websites and contact information, for understanding Medicare, your rights, government/military benefits, and other helpful information.

Glossary

Confused or unsure about Medicare and other health insurance terminology? Click here for a quick and easy definitions guide to specific terms and phrases used in Medicare.

Frequently Asked Questions

Medicare Education Center FAQs

Questions & Answers

Have questions about Medicare? You are not the only one! Read more here for some answers to ‘frequently asked questions’ about Medicare.

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