• 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

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

800-MEDICARE Website

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.

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