Medicare—What Is It?
What is Medicare? Learn what Medicare is, who can get Medicare, how Medicare coverage is organized, how Medicare is funded, who manages the Medicare trust funds, and get historical background information.
What’s the Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid?
It’s easy to be confused about the difference between Medicare and Medicaid, but it's important you understand the difference. If you tell the doctor’s office you have Medicaid when you really have Medicare, you might be turned away. Learn how they're different.
Medicare is a government health insurance program for older Americans, the disabled, and people on dialysis. Medicare can be confusing because there are several different parts to it, as well as different types of Medicare coverage. Learn how Medicare works, including the different parts of Medicare and different types of coverage. Find out...
Medicare Open Enrollment—What to Do and How To Do It
Medicare’s open enrollment is your once-yearly chance to change Medicare Advantage and Part D coverage. Plans change each year, so update your coverage choices to make sure you have the coverage that best fits your needs.
Medicare Disability Coverage - Under 65, How to Get Medicare Coverage
Medicare won't be available to most of us until we turn 65. If you can establish that you suffer from a long-term disability that prevents you from working, you may qualify for monthly Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) payments and for Medicare.
Medigap Policies – Medicare Supplemental Insurance
While Original Medicare (Parts A and B) will most likely pay for most of your hospital, skilled nursing facility, and outpatient medical expenses, you still will have out-of-pocket costs. So, you may want to consider a Medigap plan to help pay your out-of-pocket costs such as hospital deductibles, coinsurance charges, and copayments
Medicare Advantage Plans - Understanding Medicare Part C
Although most people with Medicare get their health benefits from Original Medicare (Parts A and B), you can choose to get coverage from a Medicare Advantage Plan, sometimes called Medicare Part C. These plans are offered by private health insurance companies that are approved by Medicare and have a contract to provide you with Medicare benefits.
Medicare Part B - Understanding Medicare Part B
Medicare Part B, also known as the Medical Insurance program, helps cover the costs of medical services, such as your doctor's care and prevention services for the early diagnosis and treatment of illness. If you are 65 or older, you are automatically eligible for Medicare Part B.
Medicare Part A - Understanding Medicare Part A
Medicare Part A, also known as the Hospital Insurance program, helps cover the costs of inpatient care in hospitals, inpatient care in a skilled nursing facility, hospice care services, and some home health care services. If you are 65 or older, you are automatically eligible for Medicare Part A.
Medicare - An Overview of Medicare Benefits
Medicare is the federal program that provides health insurance coverage for Americans age 65 and older and younger people with certain types of disabilities, including end-stage renal disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant). If you (or your spouse) have contributed payroll taxes to Medicare throughout your working life you are eligible for Medicare when you re…
Losing Your Health Insurance Because Your Spouse Is Getting Medicare?
If you're going on Medicare and your spouse gets health insurance from your job, he or she will probably lose her health insurance. Learn your options and plan ahead.
Why am I being forced into Medicare at age 65?
Learn more about what happens when a retiree turns 65.
Frequently Asked Medicare Questions
Medicare is a federal government program that provides health insurance for people age 65 and older, people under age 65 with certain disabilities, and people with permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant. The Medicare program is made up of several "parts" that offer various benefits, including hospital insurance Part A), medical insurance for doctors' services (Part B)…
Changes in Medicare for 2011
The Affordable Care Act has made several changes in Medicare for 2011 that may affect you whether you are in the Original Medicare program or have a Medicare Advantage plan.
Medicare Questions and Problems–Where to Get Help
Have a Medicare problem or a question about Medicare? Here are the top six resources to help you resolve your problems with Medicare and answer your Medicare questions.
Your Medicare Rights
All people with Medicare have certain guaranteed rights and protections, no matter what type of Medicare coverage you have -- either Original medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan.
Hospitalized in Observation Status? You’ll Pay More
Hospitalized in observation status rather than as an inpatient? Learn about observation status, how Medicare's observation guidelines work, and why you'll pay more.
Medicare Choices – What Are My Medicare Choices?
If you are turning 65 in the next three to four months, you need to start thinking about your Medicare choices. There are two main choices for how you get your Medicare benefits – Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan.
Medicare Open Enrollment
As a Medicare recipient, you have a chance each year to make changes to your Medicare Advantage plan or Medicare prescription drug coverage for the following year.
What to Do About Medicare When You Move
Learn what to do about your Medicare coverage when you move. Learn whether or not you need to choose a new Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, or Medicare Select plan, how to submit a change of address to Medicare, what else you need to do to maintain your Medicare coverage when you move.
Checklist for Moving When You Have Medicare Part D
Relocating? Here are the steps you need to take with your Medicare Part D prescription drug plan when you move or have an address change.
Checklist for Moving When You Have Medicare Advantage
Learn what you need to do with your Medicare Advantage health plan when you move. Use this checklist to make the process easier. Don't run the risk of forgetting anything.
Hospice and Medicare: Understanding the Hospice Medicare Benefit
The Hospice Medicare Benefit pays for hospice services for Medicare subscribers. Learn how the Hospice Medicare Benefit works, what it does and doesn't cover, how much you'll be expected to pay, and how hospice and Medicare work together when you're terminally ill.