In This Chapter
Understanding the different parts of Medicare
Knowing when you qualify
Deciding whether and when to enroll
Knowing your options for paying your Medicare premiums
Paying penalties for missed deadlines
Buying Medigap coverage
Reaching out for financial help
Medicare is the healthcare program for more than 42 million people 65 and older (as well as millions of other people — more on that later). Social Security and Medicare are twin pillars of support for older Americans, and they work closely together.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) handles your signup for Medicare, figures the penalties if you miss Medicare deadlines, and assesses the surcharges paid by high-income beneficiaries. It also administers the Extra Help program that ...