Use this section of our site for an easy-to-read primer on understanding Medicare. If you’re a baby boomer and turning 65 soon, or becoming eligible for Medicare, you may want to check out our Blue Shield for Boomers site. Use the site to find out how other Boomers are handling the move to Original Medicare or to browse articles about health, finances, fitness, and living your best life now.
If you're eligible for Medicare, you can get health coverage through Original Medicare alone. However, many people find that Original Medicare does not cover all their healthcare needs because many medical services and supplies are not covered.
To help pay for these services and supplies many people enhance their coverage with a Medicare Supplement Plan (also known as Medigap).
Others like the convenience and coverage of a Medicare Advantage plan that provides rich benefits without large plan premiums. In fact, some of these plans, like most of the plans offered by Blue Shield of California, don't have any additional plan premium at all.
In this section, get detailed information on what Medicare is, how it works, coverage options from Blue Shield and where to go for more information, so you can better understand how Medicare works and how our insurance plans for Medicare beneficiaries can work for you.
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In this section
Find out what Medicare insurance is, who is eligible, and how Blue Shield plans can work with Medicare.
Understand how our Medicare plans work, and learn more about Medicare Parts A and B to help cover deductible and coinsurance amounts.
Learn about Medicare health insurance options and coverage, and our Medicare HMO and Medicare Supplement plans.
Find additional Medicare resources, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program.
Read the answers to some frequently asked questions about how health reform will affect Medicare.