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Medicare Qualification

Medicare is a federal health insurance program for eligible Americans. In order to qualify for Medicare, you must meet one of the following criteria:
  • - Aged 65 or older
  • - Aged under 65 and have received Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for 24 months
  • - Any age with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant) or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Medicare Plan Options

Note: This content has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by or any member of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). We do not offer every plan available in your area. Any information we provide is limited to those plans we do offer in your area. Please contact or 1-800-MEDICARE to get information on all of your options.

What are the different parts of Medicare?

  • - Parts A and B are often referred to as "Original Medicare". Part A helps pay for hospital claims (which makes Part A also known as "Hospital Insurance"), and most people have paid for their Part A premiums through payroll taxes while in the workforce. Part B ("Medical Insurance") helps you to pay for things like doctor visits, preventive screenings and durable medical equipment. The government sets the monthly premium for Part B. Your Part B premium can vary based upon your income.
  • - Part C plans, also known as Medicare Advantage plans, are a type of Medicare health plan offered by a private company that contracts with Medicare to provide you with all your Part A and Part B benefits, plus additional benefits such as vision, dental, gym memberships, and transportation services. Part C plans are an alternative to Original Medicare. Along with covering doctors and hospitals, many Part C plans also include coverage for prescription drugs (Part D).
  • - Part D (Prescription Drug) plans are Medicare-approved private plans that help people who have Parts A and B to pay for prescription drugs. Part D plans are available through private insurance companies.
Our agents represent several top carriers including Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC, Humana, Aetna, and UnitedHealthcare, so we can help you review and compare your options.
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