Turning 65 and becoming eligible for Medicare
What is Medicare and am I eligible for it when I turn 65?
Medicare is a federal health insurance program for people 65 and over, as well as people under 65 with certain disabilities. Requirements can vary among different kinds of Medicare plans.
How do I apply for Medicare?
You can sign up for Medicare Part A, which covers hospital stays, and Medicare Part B, which covers doctor visits and other services, directly through the federal government. You can also sign up for a private Medicare health plan (Medicare Part C), which may help you get better benefits and lower costs, as well as a private Medicare Part D prescription drug plan.
We can help you figure out which Kaiser Permanente Medicare health plan may be best for you. To speak with a Kaiser Permanente Medicare specialist, call 1-866-973-4588 (TTY 711).
When do I need to apply?
The time frame when you can apply for a Medicare health plan depends on the kind of plan you’re selecting, the provider, and when you want to enroll.
Learn more at kp.org/medicare.
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