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Medicare.gov: The Official Site from CMS


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) manages Medicare’s official website, Medicare.gov. This site is a hub for beneficiaries in the national health insurance program and includes online tools, information, and a member portal, MyMedicare.gov. Below, we’ll introduce you to the most useful parts of Medicare.gov to ensure you get the most out of your visits.

Navigating Medicare.gov

When you first visit Medicare.gov, you may feel overwhelmed with options. So, how do you best utilize your time on this site? We’re here to help!

It’s important to know what your goals are for visiting the site. Do you want to know general information about Medicare, or more specific information regarding your coverage? This will determine whether you’ll need to create an account on MyMedicare.gov before accessing the information you want.

Basic information is available on the website, including the costs associated with Medicare, which change annually. The site also makes Medicare forms available in PDF format, in both English and Spanish. If you find your questions aren’t answered on the site and need more help, you can use the 24/7 live chat feature.

Medicare.gov Tools

There are several useful tools on Medicare.gov. Additionally, you don’t need to create an account to utilize any of the below options.

The first tool we’ll discuss is the Medicare Plan Finder. You can use this tool to shop for Medicare Advantage or Part D prescription drug plans, and even enroll online.

Next, Medicare’s Care Compare Tool recently got a makeover. Rather than the previous, separate tools for beneficiaries to find local facilities and doctors accepting Medicare, there is one tool for all types for providers.

When visiting Medicare.gov, go to the link to Find Care Providers and you will see eight provider categories, including doctors and clinicians, hospitals, and nursing homes. Once you select the category you need, you can search and compare those in your area.

The Procedure Price Lookup tool displays the average dollar amount a patient on Medicare pays for specific outpatient services (without a Supplement plan). Simply navigate to the link to Compare Procedure Costs on the site’s menu. Then, search for the service you may need.

The tool shows a breakdown of the national average for the cost of each procedure at an ambulatory surgical center or hospital outpatient department. The breakdown includes doctor fees, facility fees, and what Medicare pays.

Lastly, CMS offers a free, official app – What’s Covered. Using this app, beneficiaries can search for various services to see if Medicare covers them. This information is also available via the search bar on the Your Medicare Coverage page of Medicare.gov.

What Can I Do on MyMedicare.gov?

MyMedicare.gov is where you sign up for an account to access information about and manage your Medicare benefits. Here, you can do the following.

Further, you can utilize Medicare’s Blue Button to download your personal data and claims from your Medicare account. You can choose which data you want to save as a PDF or TXT file and share it with your practitioners using a compatible app.

FAQs

Is Medicare.gov a legitimate site?
Yes, Medicare.gov is the official site for the federal health program.
What is the difference between Medicare.gov and MyMedicare.gov?
MyMedicare.gov is the part of Medicare.gov where beneficiaries can sign in to access their accounts. Medicare.gov is the main site for all official Medicare resources.
How do I check my Medicare account online?
You can check your Medicare account online by creating an account on MyMedicare.gov and logging in.
Is MyMedicare.gov secure?
MyMedicare.gov, the portal for your Medicare information, is a secure site. However, it is also the responsibility of the beneficiary to keep their information private, including their login information.
Is Healthcare.gov Medicare?
No, Healthcare.gov is for Marketplace (or Obamacare) health insurance. Medicare.gov is the official resource for Medicare.
Can I enroll in Medicare on Medicare.gov?
You’ll need to go through the Social Security Administration ​to enroll in Original Medicare (Parts A and B). Yet, you can use the Plan Finder tool to find and enroll in Advantage and Part D plans.

How to Get More Assistance with Medicare

We hope you now feel more comfortable navigating Medicare’s official website and signing up for an account at MyMedicare.gov. Through your research, you may find that the prices for your upcoming procedures are high – even with Medicare coverage. In this case, you may want to consider a Medicare Supplement plan.

While Medicare.gov is the official resource for your Part A and B coverage, we specialize in Medigap. Medicare.gov can show you which Medicare Supplements plans are available to you but sends you to each company’s website to get a quote.

At MedicareFAQ, we provide quotes for the top carriers in your area – in one place. Your time is too valuable to spend clicking from one company’s website to the next, trying to compare plans. Instead, call the number above or fill out our online rate form.

We also help with Medicare Advantage and Part D plans. When you sign up with us, our client care team is here to assist you with your coverage, year after year.

Lindsay Malzone

Lindsay Malzone is the Medicare expert for MedicareFAQ. She has been working in the Medicare industry since 2017. She is featured in many publications as well as writes regularly for other expert columns regarding Medicare. You can also find her over on our Medicare Channel on YouTube as well as contributing to our Medicare Community on Facebook.

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