Get to know the ABCDs of Medicare
Medicare was established in 1965 to help people who are 65 and over or have disabilities pay for the rising costs of medical care. Over the years, it has changed. Whether you are new to Medicare or want a refresher, here are a few resources to help you understand the costs, benefits, and choices offered by Blue.
Eligibility for Medicare
You are generally entitled to Medicare if you meet any of the following criteria:
- You are age 65 or above.
- You already receive Social Security or Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) benefits.
- You have been diagnosed with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, “Lou Gehrig’s disease”).
Your Initial Enrollment Period is based on the month in which you turn 65. It begins three months before your birth month and extends until three months after your birth month.