Now you can have Medicare information at your fingertips when you need it. Review the options available to you, including cost, coverage and more. You can also do a side-by-side comparison of the plans in your area to see which one best fits your needs.
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Your Medicare sign-up dates
You have a window of time to sign up for a Medicare plan. You can enroll in Medicare up to three months before and three months after your 65th birthday. If you do not enroll within that period, Medicare may charge you a penalty upon enrollment.
If you plan to continue working after turning 65, you are still eligible for Medicare. A Medicare plan may offer better coverage than an employer-sponsored plan and save you money.
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Work with a supportive licensed insurance agent
An agent can:
- Meet with you one-on-one.
- Answer your questions and explain how Medicare works.
- Show you how to contact the Social Security office to enroll in Medicare.
- Talk with you about your current plan and what it covers.
- Help you keep your doctor and network you know and trust.
There is no obligation to enroll. Bilingual insurance agents are also available.
Contact Medicare to learn about plans
You can also contact Medicare to learn about plans:
- Visit medicare.gov.
- Call Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY 1-877-486-2048), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Top 10 Medicare facts
- Be sure you’re covered by the time you turn 65. Sign up during your initial enrollment period. It starts three months before your birthday month, and ends three months after your birthday month.
- Medicare is divided into three parts: Part A, Part B and Part D.
- Original Medicare (Part A and B) is offered through the federal government.
- Original Medicare is the same across the United States.
- Part C, known as Medicare Advantage, is a combination of Part A and Part B.
- Part D covers prescription drugs.
- Medicare Advantage (Part C) and prescription drug (Part D) plans are offered by private insurance companies.
- Medicare Advantage (Part C) and prescription drug (Part D) plans may be offered only in certain counties, states or regions.
- MediGap, also called a Medicare Supplemental plan, can help pay for costs that Original Medicare doesn’t pay.
- You have a lot of choices. But you don't have to figure it out on your own. With help, you can find a plan that’s right for you.
Medicare is a health insurance program. You may qualify for Medicare if you are:
- 65 or older
- Under age 65 with certain disabilities
- Any age and have end-stage renal disease (permanent kidney failure that requires dialysis or a kidney transplant)
If you already have a health care plan, you don’t need to sign up. But it’s a good idea to compare your current plan to a Medicare health plan. Sometimes Medicare plans have lower costs and better coverage.
It doesn’t matter if you’re still working or haven’t started getting Social Security checks.OR
We can connect you with a licensed insurance agent* who can answer your questions. The agent can let you know when to sign up for Medicare and help you find a plan. You can even get help signing up. Call 1-844-368-6675, and we’ll connect you with an agent in your area.
In general, a plan starts the first of the month after you send in your paperwork. If you sign up during the open enrollment period, your plan will start January 1 of the next year.OR
A Medicare Advantage plan is known as Part C. It covers everything that Part A and Part B covers. It may also include vision, dental, wellness programs, chiropractors and more. Some Medicare Advantage plans also cover prescription drugs.OR
In general, Original Medicare doesn’t cover prescription drugs. (There are a few exceptions.) If you have both Medicare Part A and Part B, you can buy a Part D prescription drug plan.OR
The cost depends on the health plan you choose. Medicare is not free. You may need to pay a premium each month as well as copays or coinsurance when you get care. You can buy supplemental insurance to help pay for those costs.
(Note: You can sign up to pay your premium from your Social Security check.) You may also have a deductible. A deductible is the total amount you pay for your care before your plan starts to pay.
When you meet with a licensed insurance agent, be sure to ask these questions:
- How much are the premiums and other costs? What is the deductible?
- How will I pay for hospital stays or doctor visits?
- Is there a yearly limit on what I pay out-of-pocket for medical services?
No. You can switch or drop plans during Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP), which takes place in the fall. You may also be able to make changes at other times if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP).
Examples of an SEP are: You retire and leave an employer or union health care plan; or you move out of your current plan’s service area. Be sure to check your plan each year to see if it still fits your needs.OR
* A representative from Optum Sales Support Center can connect you with a licensed insurance agent in your area to review your health insurance plan options.
Optum Sales Support Center connects Medicare beneficiaries with resources including licensed insurance agents that sell Medicare Advantage and Medicare prescription drug plans.