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Understanding Medicare

Take the time to learn about how Medicare works and make sure you’re eligible, so that you’re comfortable when the time comes to choose your plan.

Medicare Essentials

Before you start shopping for a plan, get familiar with Medicare:

  • What is Medicare?
  • Original Medicare versus Medicare Advantage
  • Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage

What you need to know about Medicare

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Once you know the facts, enrolling in Medicare is fast and easy.

Am I eligible?

Eligibility for Medicare depends on your age, your employment status, and your health. Find out when you’ll be eligible, and how to apply online for Medicare, so you can plan ahead. Learn about applying for Medicare Parts C and D, known as Medicare Advantage.

Medicare eligibility and enrollment


What to consider

The four Cs are the key: coverage, cost, convenience and customer service.

How to choose a plan

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Related information

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Find out more about our Medicare Advantage plans. 

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Schedule a home visit, talk with a Geisinger Gold representative or find a neighborhood meeting.

Find a doctor, pharmacy or prescription

See which doctors, pharmacies and prescriptions are available with Geisinger Gold.