A Guide To Enrolling In Medicare

Eligibility, Enrollment, And Coverage Options

Find out when you’re eligible for Medicare, how to enroll, and what coverage options are available to you.

Medicare Eligibility

The first step is to find out when you are eligible for Original Medicare. Original Medicare includes Part A, which covers hospital care, and Part B, which covers doctor visits.

After enrolling in Original Medicare, you can choose to purchase coverage from a private insurance company like Anthem, including:



Part C (Medicare Advantage plan)



Part D (prescription drug plan)



Medicare Supplement plan

Medicare Enrollment And Coverage Options

Find out how Medicare enrollment works, so you can make the best choices based on your unique needs. 

About Medicare Enrollment

Discover important Medicare enrollment periods and deadlines.

Turning 65

Turning 65 soon? Find out what you need to know for enrolling in Medicare.

Medicare Advantage Enrollment

Get details on when and how to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan.

How To Apply For Medicare

Start by signing up for Original Medicare, and then consider your coverage options.

Medicare Part D Enrollment

Determine when you can enroll in a Part D prescription drug plan.

Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment

Learn about key dates for enrolling in or changing a Medicare Advantage plan.

Why Choose Empire?

Our Medicare Advantage plans feature coverage choices, helpful resources and no-cost special benefits. 

Changing Medicare Plans

Compare Medicare Advantage benefits with Original Medicare to see which coverage best fits your needs.


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Empire BlueCross BlueShield is a Medicare Advantage plan with a Medicare contract. Empire BlueCross BlueShield is a SNP plan with a Medicare contract and a contract with the state Medicaid program. Enrollment in Empire BlueCross BlueShield depends on contract renewal.