Medicare benefits protect millions of Americans. To find out if you are eligible for Medicare, continue reading.
Medicare is a federal health insurance program that covers senior citizens and people with disabilities. The federal government administers the Social Security system, which oversees Medicare. Through Medicare, people receive essential benefits, like prescription drug coverage, hospital insurance, and medical insurance.
Before you can enroll in Medicare Supplement, Prescription drug plan, or Medicare Advantage plan you must apply for original Medicare. This can be done over the phone, in person, through the mail, or online. Simply go to the SSA.gov website to get started with your application. I suggest you do this about 3 months before your birthday month of turning 65. Please note that your Medicare will be effective the first day of the month of your birthday month. If your birthday is on the first of the month your benefits will be effective a month earlier. Call for questions.
Once your application has been accepted, you need to enroll in coverage. This can only be done during specific enrollment periods. These enrollment periods include:
Anyone age 65 or older is eligible for Medicare, as long as they are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. People who are currently incarcerated are excluded.
If you are below age 65 and wish to get Medicare benefits, you must be diagnosed with a disability that qualifies you to receive Social Security disability benefits. After you begin receiving benefits, you must wait 24 months to be eligible for Medicare.
Sometimes, it’s possible to avoid the waiting period. For example, people with End-Stage Renal Disease often become eligible soon after diagnosis.
To find out if you are eligible to enroll in Medicare benefits, contact an insurance broker today. Duncan Market Insurance is here to help. Give us a call to get started with a free consultation.