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Are you a Maryland resident who wants to know about your Medicare eligibility? Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) all Americans are required to have health care coverage. Fortunately, the ACA has made health insurance more affordable and has made it easier for individuals to get medical assistance.

Under the new ACA laws, Maryland residents have benefited in the following ways:

  • Prescription drugs are now more affordable. In 2013, 58,227 individuals saved an average of $964 per person on prescription drugs.
  • Preventative services are free. An estimated 604,855 residents of Maryland with Medicare took advantage of free preventive services in 2013. The costs associated with this service are no longer an obstacle to identifying problems early and remaining healthy.

Are You Eligible for Medicare?

Most people over the age of 65 meet the Medicare eligibility requirements. Maryland residents who are unsure about whether or not they are Medicare eligible based on other factors should keep in mind that eligibility is not necessarily limited to age. People with certain disabilities (such as blindness) or who have renal failure also may qualify for Medicare eligibility.

Maryland Medicare is divided into four parts—hospitalization insurance (Part A), medical insurance (Part B), coverage plans via private companies (Part C, or Medicare Advantage), and prescription drug coverage (Part D). The licensed representatives at HealthMarkets Insurance Agency can help you learn more about the various Medicare parts and help you enroll in a plan.

There are over 740,000 individuals who receive Medicare in Maryland, approximately 13%  of the state’s population. Out of that number, over 49,000 individuals are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan. Learn more about your Medicare eligibility in Maryland by contacting a HealthMarkets licensed representative. They are available to help you learn about your own Medicare qualifications and options.

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