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Medicare Basics and
Answers to Your Questions
What is Medicare?
Medicare is the largest health insurance program in the United States. It is run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a government agency. Whether you're new to Medicare or already have the basics covered and know what coverage you need, EmblemHealth is here to guide you with the right information so you can make the right choice.
You can join Medicare if you’re 65 or older and:
- You are either a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States.
- You or your spouse worked at least 10 years and paid Medicare taxes.
You can also join Medicare if you are under 65 with certain disabilities.
What is Medicare?
Original Medicare has two parts: Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medical Insurance). It is a “fee-for-service” health plan. This means you pay for each service you receive. To better understand Original Medicare, let’s look at what each part covers:
EmblemHealth Medicare Made Simple Guide
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CMS Medicare & You Brochure
Helpful information for people eligible for Medicare and their caregivers.
Official U.S. Government website for people with Medicare General information and helpful tools.
Medicare Rights Center
A national not-for-profit consumer service organization dedicated to making sure that older adults and people with disabilities get affordable health care.
Administration for Community Living
The Administration for Community Living educates people and their caregivers about the benefits and services available to help them.
Social Security Administration
800-772-1213 (TTY: 800-325-0778), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 7 pm.
Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage EPIC Help Line
800-332-3742, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. (TTY: 800-421-1220).
This program helps income-eligible people 65+ to supplement their out-of-pocket Medicare Part D drug plan costs. The Administration for Community Living educates people and their caregivers about the benefits and services available to help them.
Last Updated 08/08/2022