With so many different plan choices, the constant stream of mail and TV ads, and even incorrect information, its no wonder Medicare seems confusing.
What is Medicare?
Medicare is the government-run health insurance program for people age 65 and older, those under 65 with certain disabilities and those with end-stage renal disease. Care is provided by any doctor or facility that accepts Medicare.
Who is eligible?
In general, those who are eligible for premium-free Part A (hospital insurance) and Part B (medical insurance) include individuals who are 65 and have worked 10 years in this country or who have a spouse who has, or individuals who are 65 and have received Social Security disability benefits for 24 months. If you are receiving Social Security, you are likely already enrolled in Part A and Part B when you turn 65.
What does Medicare Cost?
Costs for medicare vary from year to year. Most people don’t pay a monthly premium for Part A, because they have paid into the system during their working years. But generally, you will need to pay a Part A deductible, a Part B deductible and a monthly Part B premium. If you enroll in a Part D Prescription Drug plan, you may also pay a monthly premium.