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Medicare provides health insurance coverage for people age 65 or older or for those under age 65 who suffer from specific medical disabilities. To qualify for benefits, you must be an American citizen or legal permanent resident of at least five continuous years. Consider the following Medicare statistics from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) about Medicare enrollment in Washington, D.C. (in 2018):
In 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act took effect. It included the following changes to the Medicare program:
Private insurance companies must have contracts with Medicare to offer Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans. Depending on the terms of the contract between the plan and Medicare, not every plan is available statewide or in all service areas. Each year, the plan must renew its contract with Medicare, so the availability of a plan in a specific service area is subject to change.
Washington, D.C. seniors and those eligible for Medicare can also refer to the following resources for additional information on Medicare within the District of Columbia.
District of Columbia Qualified Medicare Beneficiary Program Qualified Washington, D.C. beneficiaries can save money on Medicare each year through savings programs for people with limited income or resources.
District of Columbia Health Insurance Counseling Project (HICP) This agency provides information to District of Columbia residents about Medicare, including assistance on understanding your Medicare rights/protections and how to submit an appeal or complaint about medical coverage or care.
Source: Statistical data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) “Medicare Enrollment Dashboard,” from the CMS Office of Enterprise Data & Analytics, February 2019.
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.