Getting Started with Medicare (CMS)

Whether you’re new to Medicare, getting ready to turn 65, or preparing to retire, you’ll need to make several important decisions about your health coverage. If you wait to enroll, you may have to pay a penalty, and you may have a gap in coverage. Use these steps to gather information so you can make informed decisions about your Medicare:
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Understanding Medicare Enrollment Periods

 Enrollment in Medicare is limited to certain times. This publication has information about enrolling in Medicare Advantage Plans and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (Part D). Read more.

Identity Theft-Protect Yourself

Identity theft is a serious crime that happens when someone uses your personal information without your consent to commit fraud or other crimes.

Personal information includes things like your name and your Social Security, Medicare, or credit card numbers. Read more.

Is it Medicare or Medicaid?

Learn the difference between Medicare and Medicaid? This article was published by Social Security Administration.

Signing up for Medicare Part B

For many people, signing up for Medicare Part B doesn’t require you to leave the comfort of home. Read more on signing up for Medicare Part B via online, Fax or Mail.

Get Your Pneumococcal Shot!

Did you know about 1 million Americans go to the hospital with pneumonia every year?

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The pneumococcal shot is the best way to help prevent certain types of pneumonia and other pneumococcal infections. Medicare Part B covers the initial cost, plus a second shot (a year after you’ve gotten the initial shot). Talk with your doctor to see if you need on or both shots.

Medicare: What's covered app

Not sure if Medicare will cover your medical test or service? Medicare’s free “What’s covered” app delivers accurate cost and coverage information right on your smartphone. Read more…

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How to replace your Medicare card.

Have you lost your Medicare card? Do you need to replace your Medicare card? Read more.

Understanding Medicare Advantage Plans

When you first enroll in Medicare and during certain times of the year (like Open Enrollment), you can choose how you get your Medicare coverage. Read more.

Choosing A Medigap Policy

This official government guide has important information about:

  • Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) policies
  • What Medigap policies cover
  • Your rights to buy a Medigap policy
  • How to buy a Medigap policy