Who’s eligible for Original Medicare?
You may qualify if you meet any of these criteria:
- Age 65 and over, and a U.S. citizen or legal resident
- Receiving Social Security retirement benefits
- Disabled and receiving disability
- Have End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)
- Diagnosed with/have Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease)
When can I enroll in Medicare?
You can enroll in Medicare Parts A and B three months before your 65th birthday; or within the three months following your 65th birthday.
Turning 65? Here’s your Initial Enrollment Period.
Medicare’s Initial Enrollment Period spans 7 months around your 65th birthday — you can enroll 3 months before, the month of, and up to 3 months after.
How do I enroll in Medicare?
How do I enroll in a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama Medicare plan?
You can enroll in Blue Advantage if you are both:
An Alabama resident and entitled to Medicare Part A and enrolled in Medicare Part B.
You can enroll in a C Plus plan if you are:
An Alabama resident who is enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B. If you receive full Medicaid or Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) program benefits, you are not eligible to purchase C Plus or any other Medicare supplement.
Note: Persons with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) may not be able to enroll due to federal guidelines.
Did You Know?
Medicare Part A hospital insurance has a $1,316 deductible** for each benefit period. If you’re admitted multiple times within a year, you would owe the deductible each time!
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**2017 Medicare Part A deductible and may change on January 1, 2018