There's a lot to learn about Medicare. We're here to help you understand the Medicare basics, your different coverage options, enrollment and more. Through helpful resources and tools, discover the information you need to make confident Medicare decisions.
Medicare is individual health insurance offered to U.S. citizens and other eligible individuals based on age, disability or qualifying medical condition. Medicare coverage includes Medicare Part A and Part B (Original Medicare) offered by the federal government, and Medicare Advantage (Part C) and Part D prescription drug coverage, which are offered by private insurance companies. Medicare supplement insurance (Medigap) plans are also offered by private insurance companies and help pay for some out-of-pocket expenses that Medicare Part A and Part B don't pay.
Let's Get to Know Medicare
Whether you're just starting out with Medicare, need to brush up on the facts, or are helping a loved one, start your journey here.
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ON SCREEN TEXT: 10 Things to help you understand Medicare
The illustration disappears. A large number 1 appears next to a small island and an outline of a house. Small white text appears next to the illustration. Bubbles appear connected by dots--in one, an official-looking building; in another, the letters "A" and "B."
ON SCREEN TEXT: Original Medicare - Parts A & B comes from the federal government. It covers hospital and medical insurance.
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ON SCREEN TEXT: There are 2 ways to get Part D prescription drug coverage
ON SCREEN TEXT: A standalone Part D plan OR A Medicare Advantage (Part C) plan with prescription drug coverage
"Standalone Part D plan" and "Medicare Advantage (Part C) plan" are underlined in yellow. A bubble reads "Part D" next to a small drawing of a prescription bottle.
ON SCREEN TEXT: To get a standalone Part D plan you must be enrolled in Medicare Part A and/or Part B.
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ON SCREEN TEXT: To get a Medicare Advantage plan, you must be enrolled in BOTH Parts A & B.
"BOTH" is underlined in yellow.
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ON SCREEN TEXT: Part B & Part D Late Enrollment PENALTIES
You could pay more if you don't enroll when first eligible & don't qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.
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ON SCREEN TEXT: Medicare doesn't cover everything. Your overall health costs can vary and you'll need to consider what your overall
expenses could be. Review premiums, deductibles, copays, etc.
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ON SCREEN TEXT: Medicare supplement insurance plans, also called Medigap, may be able to help by paying some of the out-of-pocket costs Medicare Parts A & B don't cover.
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ON SCREEN TEXT: Medicare Advantage plans are offered by private insurance companies and usually combine Parts A, B and D in one plan.
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ON SCREEN TEXT: Where you live makes a difference when it comes to plan coverage, costs and availability.
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ON SCREEN TEXT: Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug plans vary by state, and in some cases, even by county.
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ON SCREEN TEXT: If you have employer or group retiree health insurance, find out how it may work with Medicare. This could impact when
you enroll and what coverage you choose.
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ON SCREEN TEXT: Don't put off enrolling, as you could have higher costs and fewer choices down the road.
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ON SCREEN TEXT: Medicare Annual Enrollment Period
You have the chance to change plans each year during the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period Oct. 15 - Dec. 7.
ON SCREEN TEXT: It's a good idea to evaluate your coverage each year to make sure it still meets your health care needs.
ON SCREEN TEXT: Medicare Made Clear® by UnitedHealthcare®
Getting Medicare the First Time
When you first become eligible for Medicare, you have a Medicare Initial Enrollment Period (IEP), during which you can enroll in Medicare Part A, Part B, Part C and Part D without penalty. However, some people can delay enrolling if working past 65. It's important to understand your options to avoid late penalties and have the health coverage you need.
Your Medicare Initial Enrollment Period
Learn more about your 7-month Initial Enrollment Period for enrolling in Medicare.
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AARP® Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans
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Insured by UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company, Horsham, PA or UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company of America, Schaumburg, IL (for ND residents) or UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company of New York, Islandia, NY (for NY residents). Each insurer has sole financial responsibility for its products. Policy form No. GRP 79171 GPS-1 (G-36000-4).
In some states, plans may be available to persons under age 65 who are eligible for Medicare by reason of disability or End-Stage Renal Disease.
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Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Prescription Drug plans
Plans are insured through UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company or one of its affiliated companies, a Medicare Advantage organization with a Medicare contract and a Medicare-approved Part D sponsor. Enrollment in these plans depends on the plan's contract renewal with Medicare. You do not need to be an AARP member to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan or Medicare Prescription Drug plan.
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