Welcome to the Help and Resources section. In this section of the website you will find valuable Medicare and AARP Medicare Supplement information with links to informative videos, downloadable guides, frequently asked questions, and more. Please select the option that best describes you.
Reviewing your Medicare Supplement options: Your budget and your health
Costs and Plan Differences to Consider
Costs and Coverage
Defining Your Costs
Choosing a Medicare Supplement insurance company
Available AARP Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans
Basics of Medicare
Download this helpful guide to learn more about Medicare and Medicare-related health insurance plans.
What is Medicare Supplement Insurance?
Download this helpful guide to learn more about Medicare Supplement Insurance and tips on how to enroll.
10 Things You Should Know About Medicare Supplement Insurance
Download this guide to learn how Medicare supplement plans work with Medicare.
Medicare at a glance
Click to download for a more in-depth guide to Medicare, eligibility and coverage options. Also, learn more about the benefits of having an AARP Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan.
Download this helpful plan overview to review individual plan features and benefits to determine the type of coverage that may suit your needs and budget.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: When is the best time to enroll in a standardized Medicare supplement insurance plan?
A: It is most beneficial to enroll in a Medicare supplement insurance plan during your open enrollment period, which lasts for 6 months and begins on the first day of the month in which you’re both at least age 65 or older AND enrolled in Medicare Part B, because your acceptance is guaranteed and you’re eligible to receive benefits even if you have a pre-existing condition.* You may also select any plan that is available in your state. Some states have ongoing open enrollment, while other states offer additional open enrollment periods.**
*A pre-existing condition is a health problem you have before the date a new insurance policy starts. No Medicare supplement insurance may exclude pre-existing condition coverage for more than six months.
Q: If I delay retirement and work past the age of 65, do I need to take action with Medicare?
A: In general, you can delay Medicare enrollment without penalty for as long as you are employed AND covered under an employer’s or union’s group health plan.
There are a couple of exceptions:
If your employer has less than 20 employees, you may be required to enroll in Medicare. In this case, your work health plan would generally be secondary to Medicare.
Reach out to your employer’s plan administrator to learn how your plan would work with Medicare.
Retiree benefits and COBRA are not considered employer coverage. If you are covered by either of these, you will need to sign up for Medicare at age 65 or older.
If you retire during your Initial Enrollment Period (IEP), you will not be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) until your IEP ends. If you don’t sign up during your IEP, you risk premium penalties and delays in coverage.
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