Medicare is the national health insurance program for citizens of the United States.
Everyone qualifies for Medicare at age 65, and some disabled citizens also are eligible. People of any age with End-Stage Renal Disease also qualify.
Your Medicare enrollment steps will differ depending on whether or not you are collecting retirement benefits when you enter your Initial Enrollment Period (IEP).
Part A is automatic and includes payments for treatment in a medical facility.
Part B is automatic if you do not have other healthcare coverage, such as through an employer or spouse.
Part C, called Medicare Advantage, is a private-sector alternative to traditional Medicare.
Part D covers prescription drug benefits.