There are 2 main ways to get your Medicare coverage — Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C). Use these steps to help you decide which way you want to get your coverage. Before you make a decision, you can get local, personalized Medicare counseling from the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP).
Find out how to get Part A and Part B: some people get Medicare automatically, but some don't and may need to sign up.
Read about the 2 ways to get Medicare prescription drug coverage–either through adding a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (Part D), or getting a Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C) such as an HMO or PPO that offers Medicare prescription drug coverage.
Find out when you can sign up for or change your Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C) or Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D).
Learn more about Medicare health plans, including Medicare Advantage Plans, Medicare Savings Account (MSA) Plans, Medicare Cost Plans, demonstration/pilot programs, Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), and Medication Therapy Management (MTM).
Apply online for Medicare on Social Security's website.
Find and compare drug plans, health plans, and Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) policies.
Find and compare hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, medical item suppliers, health care providers, health and drug plans, and dialysis facilities. Learn about how to choose providers and plans.