• Medicare is a federal health program administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
• Medicare is available to individuals age 65 and older, to individuals with certain disabilities and receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) after a 24 month wait period, and/or to individuals with ESRD (end stage renal disease).
• Medicare includes part A (hospital insurance), part B (medical insurance), part C (Medicare Advantage Plans), and part D (prescription C3drug coverage).
• State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIP) in the 50 states and several U.S. territories are available for one-on-one assistance. Contact the official government site for Medicare for more information at www.medicare.gov
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
This website provides comprehensive information about Medicare including eligibility, plan choices, appeals process, and provider information. The toll-free telephone line is available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. The website and telephone line can also be accessed in Spanish.