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Medicare Enrollment Assistance for Older Adults

Timing is critically important when it comes to enrolling in Medicare. If you think you will want Medicare at any point in your life—and you most likely will—you need to understand when you can and should enroll. Use these resources from NCOA to guide you.
Timing is critically important when it comes to enrolling in Medicare. Use these resources from NCOA to help guide you.

Can A State Health Insurance Assistance Program Help Me?

State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs) offer free and unbiased insurance counseling and assistance to Medicare-eligible individuals, their families, and caregivers. Learn how they can help you understand Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicare prescription drug coverage, supplemental insurance options (Medigap), and long-term care insurance.

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What Is Medicare? A Guide from NCOA

If you're turning 65, you're eligible to apply for Medicare. But oftentimes, understanding the different parts of Medicare, when to enroll, and which type of care is not covered by Medicare can seem complicated. That's why we've created this helpful guide

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Learn the basics of Medicare, including the minimum age for Medicare, who receives Medicare, and the difference between Medicare Part A and B.

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If you’re 65 or getting close to it, enrolling in Medicare may be on your mind. This 5-step checklist can help you get started with confidence.

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5 Steps to Getting Started With Medicare

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Medicare plans can change every year—that’s why all beneficiaries should check their coverage annually to see if it’s still a good fit. Here’s what you need to know.

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Why Older Adults Should Review Their Medicare Coverage Each Year

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Changes to Medicare in 2023 mean you will get coverage sooner after enrollment. Here's what to know.

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Understanding Changes to Medicare Enrollment Periods in 2023

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NCOA partners only with licensed Medicare brokers that meet our strict Standards of Excellence (SOE). Find out how this can help you find the right Medicare plan.

Feb 28, 2023

What Are the Medicare Standards of Excellence—and How Do They Help Older Adults?

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Timing is critically important when it comes to enrolling in Medicare. Here's what you need to know.

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When Is the Best Time to Enroll in Medicare?

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Medicare Enrollment Periods

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Benefits Enrollment Centers (BECs) help Medicare-eligible, low-income older adults and younger adults with disabilities find and enroll in all the benefits programs for which they qualify.

May 19, 2022

How Do Benefits Enrollment Centers Help Older Adults?

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When Is the Medicare General Enrollment Period?

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