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What to Know About Medicare

A guide to help you assess your current coverage and health care needs

Medicare Initial Enrollment

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How Do You Qualify for Medicare?

You must meet certain requirements to be eligible for full benefits

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Avoid These Common Medicare Mistakes

Missing deadlines, delaying enrollment or choosing the wrong plans can cost you money

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4 Key Factors to Consider as You Review Your Coverage

Take a close look at your circumstances and needs as you plan for Medicare

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Can You Enroll in Both Medicare and Medicaid?

Becoming ‘dual eligible’ can provide some financial relief for those with low income

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When It Comes to Medicare, Location Matters

Where you live and where you travel makes a difference in your coverage options

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Preexisting Conditions Can Impact Your Choices

Your health care needs should be top of mind as you review your Medicare coverage

Picking Your Plans

Cover the gap

How to Choose the Right Medigap Plan

Supplemental insurance helps bridge the gap of costs not covered by original Medicare

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What Prescription Drugs Does Part D Cover?

Make sure the medications you take are covered when choosing a plan

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Benefits for Medicare Advantage Expanding

Find out how you may be entitled to some new nontraditional services

Your Membership

Tools and Resources

Medicare for Dummies

Medicare for Dummies — Get the Benefits You Deserve

In 'Medicare for Dummies,' AARP’s Medicare expert helps you navigate the confusing maze

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Test Your Knowledge About Medicare Coverage

Discover how much you really know about the national health insurance program

Medicare Resources

Helpful Resources for Understanding Medicare

The system is complicated, but there is help available online and by phone

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