Program Description

Medicare is health insurance for people 65 or older, people under 65 with certain disabilities, and people of any age with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant).

When people first enroll in Medicare, they have Original Medicare. However, they can choose different ways to get Medicare coverage, including Medicare Advantage Plans (like HMOs or PPOs) and/or Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage. Visit Medicare.gov for more information on your coverage options, and the different parts of Medicare and what they cover.

Visit Medicare.gov to:

  • Get detailed information about the Medicare health and prescription drug plans in your area, including what they cost and what services they provide.
  • Find doctors or other health care providers and suppliers who participate in Medicare.
  • See what Medicare covers, including preventive services.
  • Get Medicare appeals information and forms.
  • Get information about the quality of care provided by plans, nursing homes, hospitals, home health agencies, and dialysis facilities.
  • Look up helpful websites and phone numbers.

 

General Program Requirements

To find out if you’re eligible for Medicare, contact Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 or use the Medicare Eligibility & Premium Calculator at Medicare.gov/eligibilitypremiumcalc. TTY users should call 1-800-325-0778.

Your Next Steps

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

Application Process

To apply online for Medicare, visit socialsecurity.gov/medicare/apply.html.

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).