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Frequently Asked Questions

This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page contains answers to common questions that MyMedicareMatters receives from people with Medicare and their families. You can search by keyword or question topic.

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I am a federal retiree with federal employee health benefits (FEHB). Why should I enroll in Part B?

Federal retirees with FEHB have the option to enroll in Part B or not when they are first eligible for Medicare. Like others newly eligible for Medicare, they have to weigh their options based on their particular situation, including their [...]

I am turning 65 and live permanently outside the country. Do I need to enroll in Medicare?

Medicare does not provide coverage for services outside the United States, except in very limited circumstances. However, living overseas does not exempt you from the Part B penalty. Most newly eligible people enroll in Part A when they turn 65. [...]

I am retiring next month, and my company does not have retiree health insurance. When should my husband sign up for Part B?

Your husband should sign up for Part B during the last month of your employment, so he will be covered on the first day/month after you retire. This way, he will not have a gap in health coverage. Also, if [...]

I am not taking any medications right now. Does it ever make sense for someone like me to delay enrolling in Part D and accept the penalty?

Generally, we encourage anyone who is eligible for Part D (and who does not otherwise have creditable coverage, or coverage “as good as” Medicare) to enroll and get Part D coverage. That said, Part D is a voluntary program, and [...]

I am over age 65 and still working. I have health insurance through my job. Do I still need to enroll in Part D?

It is always your decision whether to join a Part D plan. If you are 65 or older and still working and do not have Part D, here is the first question you should ask yourself to help you decide [...]

I lost my Medicare card. How do I get a new one?

If you lose your Medicare card, you can ask for a new one from Social Security. Once you join Medicare, Social Security will send you a red, white, and blue Medicare card in the mail. Your Medicare card will show: [...]

I just got my Medicare card in the mail. How do I know how to use my Medicare? What does Medicare cover?

Medicare covers important medical care and many preventive services and screening tests, but there are rules about what services are covered, and when and how to get coverage. Here are 4 important resources to help you learn more about your [...]

My wife and I changed to different Part D plans for 2013. Do we need to notify our 2012 plan about the change?

You do not need to contact your old plan. Your coverage automatically switched as of January 1. You should have received materials, including your new plan’s identification card and a booklet explaining your plan’s coverage information in the mail by [...]

How can I pay my monthly premium for Medicare?

Depending on which parts of Medicare you are referring to, there are a couple of different ways: Medicare Parts A and B premiums: If you do not yet receive Social Security benefits, Medicare will bill you directly for your Part A and/or B [...]

I need to see my doctor for a specific test. How can I find out if Medicare will cover it or not?

Medicare has very strict rules about what it covers, and does not cover. That said, there are many places where you can find general information about your Medicare benefits. Here are some ways to find out: Check out the Medicare & You [...]