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Do you want to learn more about Medicare eligibility in Maryland? More than 1 million residents1, or approximately 17% of the state’s population received Medicare in 2020.2

Do You Have Medicare Eligibility in Maryland?

You may be eligible for Medicare in Maryland 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 you3

  • You are 65 or older.
  • You have been on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for two years.
  • You have end-stage renal disease (ESRD) or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Maryland Medicare Eligibility Basics

Once you have determined your Medicare eligibility in Maryland, it’s time to weigh your options. Medicare is divided into four parts:

  1. Hospitalization insurance (Part A)
  2. Medical insurance (Part B)[CB1]3
  3. Medicare Advantage(Part C)
  4. Prescription drug coverage (Part D)

Medicare Parts A and B are called “Original Medicare.” You can add to your Original Medicare coverage with a Part D prescription drug planand a Medicare Supplement plan, which covers out-of-pocket expenses such as deductibles and copays.

Medicare Advantage plans, offered by private insurance companies, roll Medicare Part A and Part B into one plan. More than 131,000 Maryland residents were enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan in 2020.1

There are several benefits for enrollees who opt for a Medicare Advantage plan. For example, many plans include prescription drug coverage. Some Maryland Medicare Advantage plans also include vision, dental, and hearing aid coverage.5

How Do I Apply For Medicare in Maryland?

You can apply for Medicare in Maryland by contacting the Social Security Administration.

Don’t get confused by your Medicare options. HealthMarkets can help guide you through finding a plan with your personalized FitScore® . We ask a few questions, assess your Medicare needs, help you find a plan to match, and can even help you apply—all at no charge to you.

Did you know that more than 56% of Maryland residents who applied for Extra Help with their prescription drugs in 2020 were eligible?6 HealthMarkets can even help you learn if you might qualify.

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1. Total Number of Medicare Beneficiaries, KFF. 2020. Retrieved from,%22sort%22:%22asc%22%7D | 2. QuickFacts Maryland, U.S. Census Bureau. 2019. Retrieved from | 3. Original Medicare (Part A and B) Eligibility and Enrollment, CMS. 2020. Retrieved from |4. What Medicare Part D drug plans cover, Medicare. 2020. Retrieved from |5. Understanding Medicare Advantage Plans, Medicare. 2020. Retrieved from

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