Part A (Hospital insurance)
- Inpatient care in a hospital
- Skilled nursing facility care
- Hospice care
- Home health care
Part B (Hospital insurance)
- Services from doctors and other health care providers
- Outpatient care
- Home health care
- Durable medical equipment (like wheelchairs, walkers and hospital beds)
- Many preventive services (like screenings, shots and wellness visits)
Part C (Medicare Advantage)
- Medicare Advantage is an "all in one" alternative to Original Medicare (Parts A & B).
- These bundled plans include Part A, Part B and usually Part D.
- Run by private insurance plans with their own local network of providers, generally an HMO or PPO style plan.
- They may include extra benefits like hearing and dental.
Part D (Medical Prescription Drug Cov.)
- Cost of outpatient prescription drugs
- Covers generic and brand-name drugs
- Run by Medicare-approved private insurance companies, with standardized benefits
- Available as a stand-alone plan or to complement your existing coverage.
Medicare Supplement Insurance*
Also referred to as Medigap, this optional coverage is private health insurance that helps supplement Original Medicare. It helps pay some of the health care costs that Original Medicare doesn't cover (like copayments, coinsurance and deductibles). Medicare Supplement Insurance plans are identified by letters such as Plan A. The basic benefits of each plan are exactly alike for all insurance companies. To purchase a supplement policy, you must be enrolled in both Part A and Part B.
* Not connected with or endorsed by the U.S. Government or Federal Medicare Program.
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Apply for Medicare benefits (Part A and B) if retiring at age 65(and not already receiving Social Security benefits) three months before your 65th birth month.
Complete your coverage
Call us to review options to help bridge the gaps in your Medicare coverage. You are guaranteed acceptance with Blue Cross when enrolling within six months of your Part B effective date or 65th birthday. Enroll in a Part D Prescription Drug plan if not covered under Medicare Advantage.
Renew or change each year
Protect the whole you with additional coverage such as Dental, Hospital Indemnity, or a Cancer plan.
Here's how to sign up for Medicare.
Visit Medicare.gov to apply for Medicare online. Or, you can go to your local Social Security office - You’ll need an original or certified copy of your birth certificate, any W-2 forms from the past two years and your Social Security Number (SSN) or card.
Ready to enroll in Medicare?
Visit Medicare.gov to apply for Medicare online.
IMPORTANT: If you decide not to enroll in Medicare Part B when you're first eligible, you may have to pay late-enrollment fees should you decide to enroll at a later date. Plus, you may be responsible for the medical expenses Medicare Part B would have covered.