Get answers to your questions about Medicare, including how to apply, get a replacement card, and what is Part D for prescription drugs. Also, learn about Medicare coverage when you live abroad.

Medicare Eligibility, Applications and Appeals

What help is available?

Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people:

  • Age 65 or older
  • Under 65 with certain disabilities
  • Any age with end-stage renal disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant).

Medicare has four parts:

  • Part A is hospital insurance.
  • Part B is medical insurance.
  • Part C Medical Advantage Plans are a private insurance option for covering hospital and medical costs.
  • Part D covers prescription medications.

Medicare is managed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The Social Security Administration works with CMS by enrolling people in Medicare.

Am I eligible?

How do I apply?

There are several ways to enroll in Medicare:

How do I check the status of my application?

How do I complain or appeal a Medicare decision?

How do I report fraud?

Who do I contact for extra help?

For questions about billing or for other information, contact Medicare by phone or mail.

Is there anything else I need to know?

Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D)

Part D of Medicare is an insurance coverage plan for prescription medication. Learn about the costs for Medicare drug coverage.


Prescription drug coverage (Medicare Part D) is available to anyone with Medicare.  

How to Apply

There are two ways to get Medicare drug coverage:

  • Add a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (Part D) to your Medicare-approved insurance policy.
  • Get a Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C) such as an HMO or PPO that offers Medicare prescription drug coverage.
  • Learn more about Medicare Part D.

When You Can Apply or Change Your Plan


How do I complain/where do I call for extra help?

Visit Medicare’s resources section if you need help with Medicare Part D including finding a plan, applying, paying for coverage, or if you have a complaint. If you need more assistance paying for your prescriptions under Medicare Part D, you may qualify for the Extra Help program.

Contact Medicare

For more information, contact Medicare.

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Last Updated: March 22, 2019