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Don’t wait until after you’re eligible for Medicare in Georgia to learn about choosing the best plan for your needs. More than 1.7 million Georgians were enrolled in Medicare health coverage in 2020.1

Are you ready to join them? You can start comparing Medicare plans online now.

Who Is Eligible for Medicare in Georgia?

You may be eligible for Medicare in Georgia if you’re a U.S. citizen or a permanent legal resident who has lived in the U.S. for more than five years and one or more of the following applies to you:2

  • You are 65 or older.
  • You’re under 65, permanently disabled, and receive disability benefits from Social Security or the Railroad Retirement Board.
  • You have end-stage renal disease (ERSD).
  • You have ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

What to Do Once You Have Medicare Eligibility in Georgia

Medicare eligibility in Georgia entitles you to participate in what’s known as Original Medicare, which is made up of:2

  • Part A, which covers hospitalization costs, and
  • Part B, which covers medical costs such as doctor visits, lab test, and medical equipment 

With Original Medicare, you can purchase separate prescription drug coverage, called Medicare Part D.3You can also purchase a Medicare Supplement plan, sold by private insurance companies, to help cover out-of-pocket costs like deductibles and copays.

Instead of Original Medicare, you can opt for a Georgia Medicare Advantage plan, like more than 733,000 Georgians did in 2020.Medicare Advantage (also known as Medicare Part C) is sold by private insurance companies and provides Part A and Part B in a single plan. 

There are a wide variety plans to choose from. Most Medicare Advantage plans also include prescription drug coverage, and many add dental, hearing, and/or vision coverage.4

HealthMarkets can help you understand your options by comparing plans with our FitScore®. Just answer a few questions, and plans are ranked based on how well they may fit your needs.

How Do I Apply for Medicare in GA?

You can apply for Original Medicare in Georgia by contacting Social Security, either by phone or online.

There are some key differences between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage. HealthMarkets can help you understand the plans, explain which one would work best for your situation, and assist with applying.

More than 61% of Medicare-eligible Georgia residents who applied were eligible for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug plan costs in 2020.5 Find out if you also qualify.

Shop online with HealthMarkets now to get your free FitScore, compare Medicare plans, and discover the options that are available to you. 


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References:
1. Total Number of Medicare Beneficiaries, KFF. 2020. Retrieved from https://www.kff.org/medicare/state-indicator/total-medicare-beneficiaries/ | 2. Original Medicare (Part A and B) Eligibility and Enrollment, CMS. 2020. Retrieved from https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Eligibility-and-Enrollment/OrigMedicarePartABEligEnrol | 3. What Medicare Part D drug plans cover, Medicare. 2020. Retrieved from https://www.medicare.gov/drug-coverage-part-d/what-medicare-part-d-drug-plans-cover | 4. Understanding Medicare Advantage Plans, Medicare. 2020. Retrieved from https://www.medicare.gov/Pubs/pdf/12026-Understanding-Medicare-Advantage-Plans.pdf | 5. Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Cost (FY 2016 Onward), Social Security. 2020. Retrieved from https://www.ssa.gov/open/data/fy16-onwards-MPD-Plan-Cost-Yrly.csv 

HealthMarkets’ FitScore intends to identify plans that fit your needs. You should carefully review official plan materials.

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