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Most Americans join Medicare when they turn 65, but it’s also available to younger people with certain disabilities and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure that requires dialysis or a transplant).
Medicare is a national health insurance program administered by the federal government. It is not part of the Health Insurance Marketplace. Medicare is made up of four parts. Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Medicare Part B (medical insurance) are considered Original Medicare. Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage) and Medicare Part D (prescription drug) are plans offered by insurance companies and private companies that contract with Medicare.
You can choose to enroll in:
If you enroll in a Blue Cross Medicare AdvantageSM plan, you cannot also enroll in a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan.
Or, you can choose to enroll in:
Or, you can choose to enroll in a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan on its own or paired with a Part D plan:
Last Updated: Sept. 20, 2022
Last Updated: 09302022