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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.
Q: What is Medicare?
Q: What are the different parts of Medicare?
Q: What is the difference between Medicare and Medicaid?
Q: What is original Medicare?
Q: What is Medicare Advantage?
Q: What is Medigap insurance?
Q: Can I get Medigap supplemental insurance if I’m under 65?
Q: Do I qualify for Medicare?
Q: Do I automatically receive Medicare when I turn 65 or become eligible for disability benefits?
Q: I turn 65 in a few months. When should I sign up for Medicare?
Q: How do I enroll in Medicare?
Q: How do I order a replacement Medicare card?
Q: Does Medicare cover all of my health care costs?
Q: Does Medicare Part D still have a donut hole?
Q: Where can I find answers to my Medicare questions?
Q: Can I get help to pay for my prescription drugs if my income is low?
Q: What are the basic rights and responsibilities of people with Medicare?
Q. What is Medicare assignment and how does it work?
Q: What does it mean if a doctor doesn't accept assignment and opts out of Medicare?
Q. Is my doctor required to file my Medicare claims or do I file them with Medicare directly?
Q. What is a Medicare formulary? And what can I do if my drug isn't on the plan?
Q. Does Medicare cover preexisting conditions?
Q. How do I find an insurance company approved to sell Medigap plans in my area?
Q: Is there anyone I can go to for personal help in choosing a Medicare plan or to resolve other issues with Medicare — even if I have to pay for assistance?
Q: What are warning signs of Medicare fraud and where do I go to report it?
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