Medicare is health insurance for:
Provides coverage for inpatient and hospital care.
Provides coverage for doctors and outpatient services.
Typically covers Parts A, B and D with one bundled insurance policy for all Medicare coverage.
Provides coverage for the cost of your medications.
Coverage varies by plan benefits, but these plans help cover benefits that Medicare Part A and Part B don't cover. Plans C, E, F, H, I and J are no longer sold to new enrollees.
Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) plans typically provide more benefits compared to Original Medicare. They cover all of your Part A (hospital) and Part B (medical) benefits plus often extra coverage for things like dental, vision, hearing or prescription drugs.
Medicare supplement plans, also known as Medigap plans, provide extra coverage in addition to costs covered by Original Medicare to help pay for certain costs and services that Medicare doesn't pay. These plans can offer you protection from large out-of-pocket medical costs that result from numerous doctor or hospital visits.
Medicare Initial Enrollment Coverage
The 7-month initial enrollment period when you can first sign up for Medicare Parts A, B, C or D if you qualify due to age, this period is:
Original Medicare General Enrollment Period
January 1 - March 31
You can enroll in Medicare Part A, Part B or both during the general enrollment period. Your coverage would begin July 1.
Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period
January 1 - March 31
If you are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan during this period, you may make one enrollment change: either return to original Medicare, or switch to another Medicare Advantage plan.
Medicare Annual Enrollment Period
October 15 - December 7
You can enroll in Medicare Advantage and Part D Prescription Drug plans during the annual enrollment period, also known as open enrollment period. Your coverage would begin January.
You can enroll in Medicare Part D, Medicare Advantage, and Medicare Supplement plans directly through our site. Get started by comparing Medicare quotes.
If you're over 65 or turning 65 in three months and not receiving Social Security benefits, you need to sign up on your own. There are 3 ways to enroll: