Joining Medicare is an exciting milestone to reach in one’s life. It’s something you’ve been paying into ever since you started working and now it’s time to reap the rewards of turning 65. Like most people, you’re probably wondering what you need to do in order to get your Medicare card. Here’s what’s going to happen: Around three months prior to your 65th birthday you will receive a package in the mail from the Social Security office describing your Medicare coverage. This package includes a handy little book that explains some of the benefits and guidelines about Medicare.
One thing about Medicare that seems to confuse a lot of people is the different parts. Medicare is divided into four parts known as Part A, Part B, Part C, and Part D.
Medicare Part A is similar to normal health insurance that covers you in the hospital when you get hurt or sick. Medicare Part A can also help cover a stay in a skilled nursing facility while you recover or hospice care for the terminally ill. Continue reading