Plan for my first year

Once you’ve enrolled in Medicare and decided how you want to get your coverage, it’s time to make a plan to get your health off to a good start. Here are some resources to help you get the most out of Medicare during your first year of coverage.

Complete your “Year 1: Medicare Checklist”

Take steps to prepare for your “Welcome to Medicare” appointment, access your Medicare information online, and plan for emergencies.

How Medicare works with other insurance

If you have Medicare and other health insurance, there are rules to decide which one pays first and which one pays second. Learn about these rules and how they apply to your situation. 

Your Medicare costs

Learn about the basic costs of some items and services Medicare covers, and programs that may help you save money. You’ll also learn how to pay your Medicare Part A and Part B premiums.

Create a Medicare account

Create a Medicare account at MyMedicare.gov where you can get your personal Medicare information online. You can also view your Medicare claims, print a copy of your official Medicare card, pay your Medicare premiums if you get a bill from Medicare, and more.