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

Apply for Medicare

Medicare is a Federal health insurance program for people over 65 years of age or older, under 65 with certain disabilities and any age with end-stage renal disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant). View the following Medicare information:

Other Ways to Apply for Medicare

You can also apply for Medicare benefits by visiting your local Social Security office, or by contacting the Social Security Administration (SSA). In addition, when you apply online for your Social Security retirement benefits, you can sign up for Medicare.

Complaints about Medicare

How you file a complaint depends 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.

How to Report Medicare Fraud

View the information on how to report suspected Medicare fraud.

Contact Medicare

For more information, contact Medicare or call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).

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Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D)

Medicare offers prescription drug coverage (Medicare Part D) to anyone with Medicare.  

There are two ways to get Medicare drug coverage:

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

You can join or change your drug plan only at certain times of the year or under special circumstances.

You may have to pay a late enrollment penalty, which is an amount added to your Medicare Part D premium, if you decide not to join when you are first eligible.

Learn about the costs for Medicare drug coverage.

Contact Medicare

For more information, contact Medicare.

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