The following groups are eligible for Original Medicare (both Part A and B)

  • In general if you are senior and meet criteria for certain disabilities.
  • A U.S. citizen or if you have been a Permanent Resident of the U.S. for the past 5 years.
  • Even if you are already receiving Social Security benefits, you need to be a senior to get Medicare.
  • You are a senior (Your spouse’s age does not apply).
  • You can still be eligible for Medicare when a senior even if you are not receiving Social Security benefits.

The easy way to choose a plan

Navigating your Medicare benefits may seem overwhelming. You’d rather spend your time doing just about anything else. But when you break it down into a few small steps, choosing your Medicare coverage may be easier than you think.

Choosing the right plan is important because it may impact the health choices you make in the coming year.

  1. Learn about Medicare (Part A and Part B)

Medicare includes Part A (hospital costs) and Part B (doctor and outpatient care). You may also choose to enroll in Part D (prescription drug coverage) or a Medigap policy (supplemental insurance) for an additional cost.

  1. Explore Medicare Advantage plans (Part C)

Medicare Advantage plans are approved by Medicare to provide you with coverage for Medicare Part A and Part B. Most plans combine medical and prescription drug coverage. Extra benefits for dental care, hearing aids and vision may also be offered.

  1. Enroll by December 7

October 15 to December 7 of each year are the open enrollment dates.

For additional information on Medicare in general, please call 1.800.MEDICARE (TTY users call 1.877.486.2048) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or visit