Jefferson University Hospitals


What exactly is Medicare? Am I eligible?

Medicare is a federal health insurance program for people who are:

  • 65 or older
  • Younger but with certain disabilities
  • Individuals with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)

There are different parts of Medicare that help cover specific services:


Which plan is best for me; Medicare or Medicare Advantage?

The Medicare coverage option you select (if eligible) truly depends on what health care needs you have. Similar to choosing any coverage plan, you’ll also want to take into account your future health.

As you can see above, each part of Medicare coverage pertains to a specific form of medical care, where as Medicare Advantage (which is offered through providers) often times includes multiple aspects of the individual parts. Medicare Advantage is the most comprehensive selection and includes more access to specialized healthcare facilities.

Ultimately, you are the best judge of what is most appropriate for you; Medicare or Medicare Advantage. Just make sure that you are the most informed you can be before making your choice.

For more information about whether and when you can or should enroll in Medicare, visit here

For help finding a Medicare plan that is right for you, visit here.