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More than 1.7 million Georgians were enrolled in Medicare health coverage in 2018. Are you ready to join them? Don’t wait until after you’re eligible for Medicare in Georgia to learn about choosing the best plan for your needs. 

If you aren’t sure if you have Medicare eligibility in Georgia, here are the basics you need to qualify. First, you must be a U.S. citizen. Second, one of the following must apply to you:

  1. You are 65 or older.
  2. You’re under 65, permanently disabled, and receive disability benefits from Social Security or the Railroad Retirement Board.
  3. You have end-stage renal disease (ERSD).
  4. 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 comprised of:

  • 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. You can also boost your benefits with a Medicare Supplement plan sold by private insurance companies to cover out-of-pocket costs such as deductibles and copays.

Instead of Original Medicare, you can opt for a Georgia Medicare Advantage plan, like more than 607,000 Georgians did in 2018. Medicare Advantage 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 plans also include Part D drug coverage, and many add dental, hearing, and/or vision coverage. 

HealthMarkets can help you understand your options by comparing plan options with our FitScore™.

Get the Most from Your Medicare Eligibility in Georgia

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 enrollment.

More than 61% of Georgia applicants were eligible for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug plan costs in 2019. Find out if you also qualify.

Shop online with HealthMarkets now to compare health plans and discover the options that are available to you.

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