Skip to content

What are the basic rights and responsibilities of people with Medicare?

En español | No matter what type of Medicare coverage you have, you have certain rights and responsibilities.

You have a right to:

  • Be treated fairly and not experience discrimination
  • Have access to doctors and hospitals
  • Get emergency and urgently needed care when you need it
  • Know what Medicare will and will not cover
  • Appeal certain decisions about your coverage or payment
  • File complaints about your care
  • Have your personal information kept private


You are responsible for:

  • Knowing when you must sign up or change plans
  • Reading all letters from Medicare
  • Asking questions, if you don't understand
  • Protecting your Medicare card and number
  • Asking your doctors and other health care providers if they take Medicare before you accept services
  • Calling Medicare if you feel a doctor, insurance agent or plan has misled you

The Latest

    View More
    Skip Google Map Content

    In Your City

    Your City Name

    Enter address, city, state, or ZIP code.

    Hide Filter Results
    Filter Results
    Distance (in miles)

      AARP In Your State

      Visit the AARP state page for information about events, news and resources near you.