What is Medicare

Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, or if you are under age 65 you may qualify because of a disability or another special situation.

Medicare helps millions of American seniors and disabled individuals cover some of their health care costs. Medicare also offers important choices in how you want to receive benefits.

The different parts of Medicare help cover the costs of specific services.

Hospital Insurance (Medicare Part A)

Medicare Part A covers inpatient hospital stays, care in a skilled nursing facility, hospice care, and some home health care.

Medical Insurance (Medicare Part B)

Medicare Part B covers certain doctors' services, outpatient care, medical supplies, and preventive services.

Medicare Advantage Plans (Medicare Part C)

A Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C) is a type of Medicare health plan offered by a private insurance company that contracts with Medicare to provide Original Medicare (Parts A and  B) benefits. Medicare Advantage Plans can combine hospital, doctor and drug coverage in one plan, and may include extra benefits not offered by Original Medicare.

Find the Medicare Advantage Plan that may be right for you. Learn More.

Prescription Drug Plans (Medicare Part D)

Medicare Part D Plans add prescription drug coverage to Original Medicare and some other Medicare plans. These plans are offered by insurance companies approved by Medicare.

Find the Part D plan that may be right for you. Learn More.

Find the Right Medicare Coverage

Help make retirement worry free and help save on health care costs. If you're new to Medicare, or know someone who is, we can help make the transition easy.

Get information on all the Medicare plan types offered by UnitedHealthcare and learn more about choosing a plan, and enrolling in Medicare. Learn More.