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About Medicare

Medicare is health insurance for Americans 65 and older, those younger than 65 with certain disabilities, and people of any age with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). Our federal government administers Medicare, and you apply for it through the Social Security Administration.

Whether you’re joining Medicare for the first time, or learning more about your coverage, MyMedicareMatters is here to help answer your questions.

New to Medicare?

Learn more about when and how to join Medicare, including:

Learn about coverage and costs

Whether you’re enrolling in Medicare for the first time, or have had Medicare for years, you may want to refresh your knowledge of:

  • Types of coverage: Discover the difference between Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Part D, and Medigap/supplemental insurance. Learn what each part covers, and how you can switch between plans.
  • Costs and savings: Find out the costs of Medicare and programs that can help save you money.
  • Medicare rights and responsibilities: You have rights as a person with Medicare; see what these are and how you can appeal decisions.

Staying healthy

Medicare covers a wide range of services that can help you age well. Explore:

Get personalized help

Finally, you can find more information and assistance via the following:

  • Aon Hewitt Navigators® is a Medicare insurance brokerage service recommended by NCOA because it meets rigorous Standards of Excellence established by NCOA. You may be eligible for personal one-on-one assistance in selecting and enrolling in health coverage. All of the services are provided at no cost to consumers. Check to see if you are eligible.
  • Our get help page includes contact details for agencies and organizations that can help you with Medicare enrollment, claims, and more.
  • Read frequently asked questions about Medicare and learn how to submit your own.