Know Your Rights
Use this online application to sign up for Medicare. It takes less than 10 minutes. You can apply for Medicare even if you are not ready to retire. In most cases, once your application is submitted electronically, you’re done. There are no forms to sign and usually no documentation is required. Social Security will process your application and contact you if it needs more information. Otherwise you’ll receive your Medicare card in the mail.
Now, you can help someone you care about apply for Extra Help with their Medicare prescription drug plan costs. Anyone who has Medicare can get Medicare prescription drug coverage. Some people with limited resources and income also may be able to get Extra Help to pay for the costs' monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments' related to a Medicare prescription drug plan. The extra help is estimated to be worth about $4,000 per year. This page is designed to provide information to caregivers about possibly saving on their prescription drug costs.
Prior to 2006, Medicare paid for some drugs administered during a hospital admission (under Medicare Part A), or a doctor’s office (under Medicare Part B). Medicare did not cover outpatient prescription drugs until January 1, 2006, when it implemented the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit, authorized by Congress under the "Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003." This Act is generally known as the "MMA." This website provides a detailed description of Part D, the decisions that need to be made and the issues to watch for.