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What is Medicare?

Medicare is a federal health insurance program that was created to ensure all retired Americans have access to healthcare. Medicare is available for people age 65 and older, and for others under 65 who meet certain eligibility requirements. Often referred to as Original Medicare, this program started with Part A and Part B and offers basic coverage, while requiring you, the beneficiary, to pay for additional costs.

Your Medicare coverage options

It’s important to remember that Original Medicare does not cover all of your medical expenses.

There are many ways to get Medicare coverage to meet your healthcare needs beyond Original Medicare (Part A and B). Medicare Advantage Plans (Part C), Medicare Supplement (or Medigap) Plans, and Prescription Drug Plans (Part D) help you cover a greater portion of your healthcare expenses. Once you understand what each part of Medicare and plan does, you’ll be able to see how they can work for you.

Whether you’re interested in Original Medicare only, or the plans offered by private insurers like Blue Shield, it’s critical that you enroll in Medicare to get your Medicare card and receive benefits.

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