What is Medicare?
Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant, sometimes called ESRD).
The different parts of Medicare help cover specific services, like hospital stays, hospice care, doctors’ and preventative services, outpatient care, medical supplies, and prescription drug coverage. Medicare Part A and Part C (Medicare Advantage) both qualify as minimum essential coverage (MEC) for the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
You are eligible for Medicare if you are 65 and older or have certain disabilities, including End-Stage Renal Disease. To find out if you're eligible, use the Medicare Eligibility Tool at Medicare.gov.
To enroll in Medicare, visit your local Social Security office or sign up online at SocialSecurity.gov.