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About Medicare insurance

An Introduction to Medicare

What is Medicare?

Medicare is a national health insurance program in the United States, begun in 1966 under the Social Security Administration and now administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Part A


Part B


Who is eligible for Medicare?

A Person who has been a U.S. citizen / legal resident for at least five consecutive years and is at least one of the following :

  • Age 65 or older
  • Younger than 65 with a qualifying disabilitiy
  • Any age with a diagnosis of end-stage renal disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant)

Get the information you need
to choose the right plan for you!

Medicare choice

When you understand the basics of Medicare, you will quickly learn that there isn’t a “one size fits all” plan. We are here to educate you about all your choices.

Original Medicare

Coverage managed by the federal government.Generally, there is a cost for each service.
Original Medicare includes:

Part A

  • inpatient hospital stays,
  • care in a skilled nursing facility
  • hospice care
  • some home health care

Part B

  • certain doctors services
  • outpatient care
  • medical supplies
  • preventive services
  • Original Medicare with a stand-alone prescription drug plan (Part D) and/or a Medicare supplement insurance plan
  • Medicare Advantage (Part C) plan : a type of Medicare health plan offered by a private company that contracts with Medicare to provide you with all your Part A and Part B benefitrts. Most Medicare Advantage plans offer prescription drug coverage, vision, hearing and dental benefits.

Ready to get started?

Step 1

Your first step is to enroll in Original Medicare, Parts A & B.

This is provided by the government. Some people get Original Medicare automatically and other people must sign up for it. Contact us if you have questions about this step.

Step 2

Decide if you need additional coverage. You can choose 2 options:

Option 1 : Add one or both of the following to Original Medicare

  • A Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan
    ( Offered by private companies)
  • A Medicare Prescription Drug plan
    ( Offered by private companies)

Option 2 : Choose a Medicare Advantage plan

  • A Medicare Advantage plan
    (Offered by private companies.) Also known as Part C, this plan combines Parts A & B, provides additional benefits, and most plans cover prescription drugs.

Our professional agents want to help you
be successful in choosing your Medicare options.

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