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 you first enroll in Medicare, you’ll have Original Medicare, unless you make another choice. There are different ways you can get Medicare coverage, including a Medicare Advantage Plan (like HMO or PPO). In some types of plans that don’t offer drug coverage, you may be able to join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.

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  to get an estimate of when you’re eligible for Medicare and your premium amount.. TTY users can 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 for Medicare online, visit socialsecurity.gov/medicare/apply.html.

Program Contact Information

If you have questions about Medicare, visit Medicare.gov, or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users can call 1-877-486-2048.

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