Do You Know If You Are Eligible for Medicare Part B?
When you meet the Medicare Part B eligibility requirements, you’ll be qualified to enroll for benefits not available with Medicare Part A. Part B coverage includes physicians’ services and supplies that can help you receive the treatment you need. But how do you become eligible?
Those who are eligible for Medicare Part A are automatically enrolled in Part B. Medicare Part B is known as medical insurance and covers services such as:
- Clinical research
- Ambulance services
- Durable medical equipment
- Mental health
- Limited prescription medicines
Part B enrollment is voluntary, and those who do not wish to use it may decline it. You may be subject to a late enrollment penalty if you choose to sign up later.
Eligibility for Medicare Part B
You may be eligible for Medicare Part B 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:
- You are 65 or older.
- You have been on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for two years.
- You have end-stage renal disease (ESRD).
The qualifications for Medicare Part B are similar to those for Part A. If you qualify for Medicare Part A without a premium, you’re also eligible for Part B. However, if you have to pay a premium for Part A, you must meet the age, citizenship, and residency requirements.
If any of the above apply to you, you should have received a Medicare card in the mail three months before your 65th birthday, or on your 25th month of disability.
Apply for a Medicare Part B Plan
If you’re ready to apply for a Medicare Part B health plan, HealthMarkets can help at no cost to you. Start reviewing your options online today, or call (800) 439-6916 to speak with a licensed insurance agent.
You can also locate a licensed insurance agent near you to schedule an in-person or virtual meeting.