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 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

Program Contact Information

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

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