> Medicare Program
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). Currently, 44 million Americans benefit from the various medical choices offered through Medicare.
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:
General Medicare Information
- 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
Important points you need to know about your Medicare benefits:
- Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) helps cover inpatient care in hospitals, including critical access hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities (not custodial or long-term care). It also helps cover hospice care and some home health care. You usually don??t pay a premium for Medicare Part A if you or your spouse paid Medicare taxes while working.
- Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) helps cover doctors' services and outpatient care. It also covers some other medical services that Part A doesn't cover, such as some of the services of physical and occupational therapists, and some home health care. You pay a monthly Part B premium each month.
- Medicare drug coverage is offered with a monthly premium. If you have limited income and resources, you may get extra help to cover prescription drugs for little or no cost. For additional information about these plans visit:
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:
For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.
Program Contact Information:
If you have questions about your health care benefits please visit
or call toll free, 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services