What is Medicare?

Medicare is federal healthcare insurance for the elderly. It is broken into two parts: Part A and Part B. Part A Medicare is hospital insurance. Part B covers other forms of health care. Additionally, seniors may qualify for prescription drug coverage under Medicare Part D. Anyone who is at least 65 years old and receives any of the Social Security benefits listed above is eligible for Medicare Part A coverage. 

You must apply to receive any of the benefits listed above. Sometimes people are unaware that they are eligible for benefits, and they never even apply. If you wish to apply for any of these benefits, you should contact your local Social Security Administration. You can find the number under United States Government in the Blue Pages of your phone book. If you believe you were wrongfully denied benefits, contact an attorney. 

For more information, see: 20 C.F.R. §§ 404.1-.349, 404.390-.480, 404.1501-.1603 (2015); 42 C.F.R. §§ 400.200, 406.5, 406.10, 406.12, 406.13, 406.32, 407.40 (2015); Joan M. Krauskopf et al., Elderlaw: Advocacy for the Aging §§ 10.1, 10.12, 10.14, 10.17, 10.18 (2nd ed. 1993); Social Security Online, Electronic Booklet: Medicare, http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/10043.html (last visited May 27, 2015); Social Security Online, Social Security: What Every Woman Should Know (2010), http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/EN-05-10127.pdf (last visited May 27, 2015).