Are you a Texas resident? If so,
read about Medicare in Texas here.

Medicare Information from Government Resources Is Just a Click Away

Find affordable Medicare plans

Get Started

If you’re looking for Medicare information, there are several government resources you should know about. Medicare is a United States government health insurance program. Whether you enroll in the federal Original Medicare program or a Medicare plan option from a private insurance company, the government plays a significant role in setting requirements and overseeing coverage. Learn about these Medicare resources.

Several government agencies are involved with Medicare in one way or another. For example:

  • Medicare is provided through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS, which itself is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, administers other health insurance programs as well, such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. CMS is also involved in administering the Health Insurance Marketplace.
  • The Social Security Administration (SSA) generally determines eligibility for Medicare. When you apply for Medicare, you apply through Social Security (or the Railroad Retirement Board, abbreviated RRB, if that’s how you receive your retirement benefits). Many individuals don’t have to apply for Medicare; you’re automatically enrolled at age 65 if you’re already receiving SSA or RRB benefits, or if you’ve been receiving SSA or certain RRB disability benefits for 24 consecutive months.
  • is a free online tool that lets you access your health information, such as your prescription medications and how recently you’ve had vaccinations. Click here for an overview of this practical tool.
  • is Medicare’s public website, with plenty of information about coverage, eligibility, costs, and more. Click here for an overview of the government page.

Need help?

Call to speak with a licensed
insurance agent now.

Touch to Call

1- TTY users 711

Or, enter your zip code to shop online

Enter your zip code to shop online

Browse Plans
Was this article helpful?
Thank you for your feedback!

eHealth's Medicare website is operated by eHealthInsurance Services, Inc., a licensed health insurance agency doing business as eHealth. The purpose of this site is the solicitation of insurance. Contact may be made by an insurance agent/producer or insurance company. eHealth and Medicare supplement insurance plans are not connected with or endorsed by the U.S. government or the federal Medicare program. We offer plans from a number of insurance companies.