One of the most important things you can do before enrolling in Medicare is research the program, which you can do on Social Security’s website and through other online resources. The following are answers to some of the most common questions people have about Medicare. If you don’t see your question listed, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) to speak with someone who can answer your questions.
What is the annual fee?
To keep your Part B benefits in force, you must pay an annual fee. The amount you’ll pay each year depends on your income. If you are receiving Social Security retirement or disability benefits, you won’t have to pay a Part B premium.There is no monthly premium for people who have been on disability for at least 24 months and had been getting these payments before they turned 65
How do I enroll?
Enrollment for Part A (hospital insurance) is automatic if you’re eligible and not enrolled in another government-sponsored health insurance program, such as Tricare or state high-risk pools. To enroll in Part B (medical insurance), you must complete an application. If you’re under 65, your benefits start July 1 of that year; if you’re over 65, your coverage begins January 1 of that year.
Do I need to enroll in Parts A & B at the same time?
Yes, for some people it’s in their best interest to enroll in both parts of Medicare at once. If you already have a current health plan through your employer or union, you need to drop that coverage before you can sign up for Part B.
Can my spouse still get original Medicare coverage if I am on a Medigap policy from another company?
Yes, there’s one more thing to consider: Medicare isn’t just one program. In fact, it’s four: Part A (hospital insurance), Part B (medical insurance), Part C (Medicare Advantage plans), and Part D (prescription drug coverage). If you qualify for more than one—say, if you have both Medicare and Medicaid—it can get a little confusing.
Is there anything else I should know about this new program?
Many people who were covered by Medicaid or CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) may also be eligible for free or low-cost coverage through Medicare. As such, it’s important to know if you qualify for any type of assistance with your insurance. Remember, having health insurance is mandatory in America; those without it could face significant fines from both their state and federal governments
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