Key Takeaways

  • If you're approaching Medicare age (65), you have several choices around when and how to enroll.

  • Oftentimes understanding the different parts of Medicare, when to enroll, and which type of care is not covered by Medicare can seem complicated. 

  • Use this infographic to guide your journey on the path to Medicare enrollment.

People turning 65 have numerous options when it comes to Medicare, a federal health insurance program for older Americans, and this can become even more complex if they have existing insurance.

Choosing how and when to get Medicare is an important but difficult decision. With this infographic, we provide a decision support path that guides those aging into Medicare with understanding the options available to them, and where to get help with their decision-making.

This Medicare decision support infographic asks about:

  • Employment status
  • Current insurance, including supplemental coverage through TRICARE, the Department of Veterans Affairs, or Indian Health Insurance
  • Whether you have creditable drug coverage (i.e., drug coverage as good as that offered under Medicare Part D)

This infographic provides an overview of some of the decision points facing newly eligible Medicare beneficiaries. It does not replace speaking with a Medicare counselor who can explain the choices related to Medicare Prescription Drug, Medicare Advantage, and Medicare Supplement plans. You can find free resources, including websites and telephone numbers, on the second page of the infographic to learn more about Medicare and how other sources of health insurance work with Medicare when you turn 65.