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En español | Medicare is often confusing because its rules affect different people in different circumstances.  AARP’s Medicare Question and Answer Tool offers practical and comprehensive information to help you navigate the program according to your own situation. The tool clarifies eligibility and enrollment requirements and provides answers to questions on Medicare’s plan options, coverage and costs in an easy-to-understand manner.

Choose a topic below and click “See all questions” to find the answers you are looking for.

Understanding Medicare

Gain a deeper insight into plan choices and coverage costs, all in an easy-to-understand manner to help you make an informed decision.

Medicare Eligibility and Enrollment

Find out when you are eligible for Medicare, how to enroll, when to enroll, and how to choose the best plan for you.

The Driving Parts of Medicare

Learn the different parts that drive the Medicare program and cover different health services such as hospital care, doctor services and prescription drugs.

Types of Medicare Plans

Discover the different ways you can get your Medicare health and prescription drug coverage, such as Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and others.

Medicare With Other Coverage

If you have coverage from another source in addition to Medicare, these questions will guide you through how Medicare works with other health coverage.

How Much Medicare Costs

Medicare covers a lot of your health care costs, but there are also premiums, other out-of-pocket costs, and options for people with limited incomes.


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