Will my zip code change my Social Security benefits?

Medicare benefits are available across the country, but which benefits you can get depend on which state you reside in.

The differences based on state and sometimes even zip code include prices, rules, and availability of plans.

Am I eligible for Medicare, and what services am I able to receive?

In order to be eligible for Medicare there are a few qualifications that need to be met.

First, you must be 65 or older and be receiving either disability income from Social Security or the Railroad Retirement Board for 2 years.

There are two plans for Medicare: Medigap and Medicare Advantage.

Medigap is also known as Medicare Supplement and can be obtained by those receiving Original Medicare.

It will cover the gap between the original coverage and what you owe.

These plans are run by private insurance companies so their availability depends on your location.

Medicare Advantage will take the place of Original Medicare and offers many different plans.

Plans are Health Maintenance Organization Plans, Preferred Provider Organization Plans, Private Fee-for-Service Plans, and Special Needs Plans.

The Advantage Plans are offered by private insurance companies as well, so they also vary by location.

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Just JC

No, Social security is a cash benefit. Medicare is separate and availability of advantage programs can be regional


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