Get answers to common questions about Medicare, a health insurance program from the federal government.

How to Apply for Medicare

Learn about Medicare

Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people age 65 or older, under 65 with certain disabilities, and 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.

How to Apply

  1. Eligibility - Answer a few questions to find out when you’re eligible for Medicare, and learn how to calculate your premium.

  2. How to Enroll or Change Plans - Learn how to sign up, change your plan, or check your enrollment.     

  3. Medicare Coverage Choices - Learn about your optionsOriginal Medicare (Part A and Part B) or a Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C).

  4. Medicare Plan Finder Tool - Conduct a  general or a personalized plan search to find more accurate cost estimates and coverage information. You can also learn about the Plan Finder with this video.

Complaints about Medicare  

Learn the different ways to file a complaint about Medicare, depending on what your complaint is about. You can submit feedback about your Medicare health plan or prescription drug plan directly to Medicare using the online complaint form

Report Medicare Fraud

Learn where and how to report suspected Medicare fraud, errors, or abuse.

Contact Medicare

For more information, visit or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or (TTY 1-800-325-0778). You can speak to someone Monday - Friday, 7 AM - 7 PM.

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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.

When You Can Apply or Change Your Plan

Contact Medicare

For more information, contact Medicare.

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Voluntary Termination of Medicare Part B

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Last Updated: June 09, 2017

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