Medicare Has 4 Individual Parts





You're eligible for Parts A & B (Original Medicare) if: 

  • You're at least 65 years of age or qualify under disability or other special situations.

  • You've been a U.S. citizen or legal resident for at least 5 consecutive years.

You may add a Medigap policy (Medicare Supplement) & Part D (Prescription Drug), or opt for Part C (Medicare Advantage)

  • After you enroll in Original Medicare Parts A & or B

  • During your Open Enrollment Period or other qualifying enrollment periods.

Medicare Enrollment Periods

Initial Enrollment Period · IEP

During Your 65th Birthday

  • Your IEP is 7 months, counting your 65th birthday month plus the 3 months before & the 3 months after.

  • It begins & ends 1 month earlier if your birthday is on the first of the month.

  • You may enroll in Part A, Part B or both.

  • You may add a Medicare Supplement Plan (Medigap policy) & or a Prescription Drug Plan (Part D)...

  • or, you may choose to opt for a Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C).

  • Prescription drug coverage must be creditable or you may be subject to a late-enrollment penalty when you enroll in a plan with Part D benefits.

Annual Enrollment Period

Oct. 15th - Dec. 7th

  • During annual enrollment, you can add, drop or switch your Medicare coverage to any of the available plans that are currently offered.

Open Enrollment Period

Jan. 1st - Mar. 31st

  • If you're a Medicare Advantage plan member you may disenroll from your current plan and switch to a different Medicare Advantage plan one time during this period.

Special Enrollment Period

Jan. 1st - Dec. 31st

  • Depending on certain circumstances, you may be able to enroll in a Medicare plan outside of any of the other enrollment periods. 

Some ways you may qualify for the Special Enrollment Period are if you:

  • Retire & lose your employer coverage.

  • Move out of the plan's service area.

  • Receive assistance from the state.

  • Diagnosed with a qualifying disability or health condition.

  • Qualifying for Extra Help.

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Enrolling into Original Medicare

Original Medicare

Provided By The Federal Government

  • Original Medicare includes Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) & Part B (Medical Insurance.)

  • If you want drug coverage, you can join a separate Part D plan.

  • To help pay your out-of-pocket costs in Original Medicare (like your 20% coinsurance), you can add supplemental coverage.

  • This allows you the freedom to use any doctor or hospital that takes Medicare, anywhere in the U.S.

  • By opting for a Medicare Advantage Plan, you will be disenrolled from Original Medicare.

  • You can enroll in Parts A & B at age 65 unless you're already using your SS benefits, then you'll be automatically enrolled.

  • If you're automatically enrolled, you'll get your red, white & blue Medicare card in the mail 3 months before your 65th birthday, or on the 25th month of your disability benefits.

  • After you're enrolled in Original Medicare Parts A & B, there are 2 methods for additional coverage. 

Decide If You Need Additional Coverage

Method 1

​Add a Medigap policy:

Medicare Supplement Insurance

Offered By Private Companies

  • Works together with your Original Medicare.

  • It helps pay some of your out-of-pocket costs.

& or add a Prescription Drug plan:

Medicare Part D Plan

Offered By Private Companies

  • Works together with your Medicare Parts A & B.

  • Helps pay for your prescription drugs.

Method 2

Opt for a Medicare Advantage plan:

Medicare Advantage Plan

Offered By Private Companies

  • Disenrolls you from Original Medicare.

  • Provides Hospital & Medical insurance. 

  • It usually includes some sort of prescription drug coverage.

  • May offer additional benefits not provided by Original Medicare.

  • By opting in you may not be able to return to Original Medicare if desired later on.

Medicare Supplement Insurance

Medigap Policies

Reasons to consider getting a Medigap policy: 

  • They provide greater freedom of choice in doctors & hospitals than Medicare Advantage Plans.

  • You can enjoy peace of mind that your plan will not change or disappear as long as you pay your premium.

  • They're designed to support you by bridging the gaps in coverage for the extra costs of Original Medicare. 

Your Medigap policy pays for: 

  • Copayments

  • Coinsurance

  • Deductibles

Your benefits will cover

  • Medicare Part A coinsurance & hospital costs— up to an additional 365 days after your Medicare benefits are used.

  • Medicare Part B coinsurance or copayment.

  • Blood—the first 3 pints you receive.

  • Part A hospice care coinsurance or copayment.

  • Skilled nursing facility care coinsurance.

  • Your Part A & B deductible.

  • Your Part B's excess charges.

  • Foreign travel emergency— up to your plan's limit.

Things to keep in mind about purchasing: 

  • The best time to buy a Medigap policy is during your Medigap Open Enrollment Period.

  • This 6 month period begins on the first day of the month in which you're 65 or older, & have enrolled in Part B— some states have additional Open Enrollment Periods.

  • After this enrollment period, you may not be able to buy a Medigap policy. If you're able to buy one, it may cost more.

  • If you delay enrolling in Part B because you have group health coverage based on your or your spouse's current employment, your Medigap Open Enrollment Period won't start until you sign up for Part B.

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Medicare Part A:

Hospital Insurance

Part A covers your inpatient hospital stays, skilled nursing facility stays, some home health visits, & hospice care.

Medicare Part B:

Medical Insurance

Part B covers your physician visits, outpatient services, preventive services, & some home health visits you may have.

Medicare Part C:

Medicare Advantage

Part C refers to the Medicare Advantage Program which allows you to enroll in a private health plan.

Medicare Part D:

Prescription Drugs

Part D covers your outpatient prescription drugs through private plans that contract through Medicare.

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Medicare Advantage Plans

Are Not The Same As Medicare Supplement Plans!

Always included:

All of Part A

Your Medicare Advantage Plan will include all the benefits of Part A. Including hospital stays, home health care & associated services.

Always included:

All of Part B

Your Medicare Advantage Plan will include all the benefits of Part B as well. Including doctor visits, outpatient care, screening & lab test.

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Sometimes included:

Prescription Drugs

Your Medicare Advantage Plan may include prescription drugs, plus benefits such as dental, eye care, hearing care, wellness services & nurse helpline.

Always included:

Yearly Cost Limit

Your Medicare Advantage Plan will include a yearly limit on out·of·pocket costs for covered medical services. This limit may vary & can change each year.