Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant, sometimes called ESRD).
Original Medicare is health coverage managed by the federal government. Generally, there is a cost for each service. In most cases, you can go to any doctor, other health care provider, hospital, or other facility that is enrolled in Medicare and is accepting new Medicare patients.
If you are receiving Social Security benefits before turning 65, you should automatically receive notification of your enrollment in Medicare shortly before your 65th birthday or your 25th month of disability. Other individuals must apply by calling or visiting their Social Security office to receive Medicare.
The way Medicare pays is, you generally pay a set amount for your health care (deductible) before Medicare pays its share. Then, Medicare pays its share, and you pay your share (coinsurance / copayment) for covered services and supplies.
Most doctors, providers, and suppliers accept assignment, but you should always check to make sure. Assignment means that your doctor, provider, or supplier agrees (or is required by law) to accept the Medicare-approved amount as full payment for covered services.
The Medicare Part D coverage gap, also known as the “donut hole” is a benefit structure that applies both to stand-alone Medicare Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plans, however, not everyone enters it.
The late enrollment penalty is an amount added to your Medicare Part D monthly premium.
You may owe a late enrollment penalty if, for any continuous period of 63 days or more after your Initial Enrollment Period is over, you go without one of these:
How much is Medicare Part A? Part A is no additional charge for most people. However, your Part B and Part D will have a monthly premium.
The costs for Medicare Part B and Part D, as well as any supplemental coverage, is something that many will not anticipate. Do not be surprised when you turn 65 and learn that Medicare is not free.