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Understanding Medicare

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Medicare is a health insurance program from the U.S. federal government.

The Medicare program has several components, including:

  • Hospital coverage
  • Medical coverage
  • Medicare Advantage plans
  • Prescription drug coverage

To be eligible for Medicare coverage you must meet certain age, citizenship, or disabilities requirements.

Where to Get Information about Medicare

Understanding the details of the Medicare system can be difficult.

If you are looking for information about Medicare, Medicare plan options, or other information, the UPMC Health Plan can help answer your questions. You can request a free information kit to help you evaluate your options.

UPMC Medicare Resources for Seniors

UPMC for Life is the UPMC Health Plan Medicare Program for seniors.

Other Medicare Resources for Seniors

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

CMS has free booklets about Medicare coverage and other health related topics, including information about Medicare and Medigap policies.

For Medicare beneficiaries, APPRISE (Pennsylvania’s health insurance assistance program) provides free counseling about health insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare.​