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Texas Medicare Resources

When you turn 65, you become eligible for the Medicare program — which means you will need to set aside time around that milestone birthday to sift through many options so you can sign up for the coverage that meets your health needs and budget.

It’s up to you to get ready. No letter will arrive in the mail announcing it’s time to start making these decisions. What’s more, the timetable is specific and extremely important. You can start signing up three months before you turn 65, and you’ll have until three months after your birthday month to enroll. If you miss that deadline, you may end up paying higher premiums. If you are still working and have employer-sponsored health coverage, you may choose to wait to sign up.

You’ll need to do some homework before you start assessing Texas Medicare options and picking plans. Make a list of your doctors and decide how important it is to you that you can continue seeing them once you are on Medicare. Also, make a list of any medications you take so you can make sure any prescription drug plan you select will meet your needs.

Think about your lifestyle. Are you a homebody and never travel outside the U.S.? Or are you an adventurer who travels abroad often? Do you split your time between residences and need medical care in different states? All these factors will figure into the decisions you make.

Your financial situation is also important. Medicare helps pay for medical care for most older Americans and people with disabilities. But it’s not free. You’ll want to choose an option you can afford and build the array of out-of-pocket costs into your annual budget. And take time to review the ways the federal government can help you pay Medicare’s costs if you can’t afford them.

Start with this Helpful Medicare Information

These organizations, resources, and downloads are a good place to start if you have more questions or a specific situation you need help with. 

Helpful Texas Medicare Resources

 

Administration on Aging

For help in finding local, state, and community-based organizations that serve older adults and their caregivers in your area, call Eldercare at 1-800-677-1116, TTY 711, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday, or visit ElderCare.gov.

Hospice Information

For information about hospice care programs in your area, call your state’s hospice care organization. Call the Medicare Helpline at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), TTY 1-877-486-2048, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to get the number in your state. Or visit HospiceFoundation.org.

Medicare & You

The official handbook for Medicare programs is updated each year. You can download a copy at Medicare.gov or call the Medicare Helpline to request a copy. Medicare’s online tools can also help you compare drug plans, Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans, and Medicare supplement insurance (Medigap) plans. You can visit Medicare.gov for details.

Medicare Helpline

For questions about Medicare and detailed information about plans in your area, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), TTY 1-877-486-2048, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Or visit Medicare.gov.

National Council on Aging

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization dedicated to helping seniors find jobs and benefits, improve their health, live independently, and remain active in their communities. Go to NCOA.org to learn more.

National Institute on Aging

NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. NIA is the primary Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer’s disease research.
www.nia.nih.gov

Social Security Administration

For help with questions about eligibility, enrollment, and arranging for help with the cost of Medicare, and for answers about Social Security retirement and disability benefits, go to SSA.gov or call 1-800-772-1213, TTY 1-800-325-0778, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time, Monday through Friday.

Social Security Office Locator 

 

Texas Health & Human Services 

 

Medicaid 

 

Prescription Drug Disposal

Take Back Day

Public Disposal Locations

Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma Information

Seniors and Mesothelioma

MesotheliomaGuide

Clinical Trials

Policy Lab: Clinical Trial Research for Seniors and the Elderly

Health care for people age 65+ and people with disabilities

Diabetes Supplies

Advanced Diabetes Supply

Transportation Assistance 

 

Prescription Cost Assistance

RxAssist

Senior Driving Courses & Resources

 

Senior Living Information

Caring.com