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Benefit Details
Medicare Program
Managing Agency U.S. Department of Health and Human Services http://www.hhs.gov/

Program Description

Medicare is a Federal health insurance program for people 65 years of age or older, under 65 with certain disabilities, and any age with end-stage renal disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant).

As a person with Medicare, you now have choices in how you get your health and prescription drug coverage. You can get detailed Medicare information and learn more about the following:
  • Medicare benefits and plans
  • Your rights and protections including your right to appeal
  • Answers to the most frequently asked questions about Medicare
  • Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage
  • Referrals by state and local agencies for community services
  • Medicare claims and Medicare Summary Notices
  • Medicare Advantage and other Medicare Health Plans
  • Additional program information
For more information on the different parts of Medicare and what they cover, please visit:
http://medicare.gov/sign-up-change-plans/decide-how-to-get-medicare/whats-medicare/what-is-medicare.html

General Program Requirements

If you would like to find out if you are eligible for Medicare, contact Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 or use the Medicare Eligibility Tool at:
http://www.medicare.gov/MedicareEligibility/home.asp

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

To apply online for Medicare, please visit:
http://www.socialsecurity.gov/medicareonly/

Program Contact Information

If you have questions about your health care benefits please visit http://www.medicare.gov/ or call toll free, 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).