A person can find out if he is eligible to receive Medicare by visiting the official government website for Medicare, Medicare.gov. The site has a Medicare eligibility and premium calculator through which users can answer a series of questions to determine whether or not they are eligible to receive benefits.
If a person's specific situation is not listed in the eligibility calculator, Medicare.gov recommends visiting the website for the Office of Social Security or contacting it via mail, phone or email. The agency's website notes that a person is automatically enrolled into Medicare after they have been receiving disability benefits for two years. Eligible parties are enrolled in both medical and hospital insurance. Hospital insurance, which is referred to as Part A, is free. This type of coverage is paid for by all tax-payers when they are working and covers bills for hospital stays.
Medical insurance, or Part B, can be obtained for a monthly premium. This coverage includes various medical services, physician bills and outpatient care.There are other Medicare health plans available, including private provider networks, prescription drug coverage and financial assistance for low-income beneficiaries. The Social Security website has several booklets on its website that explain the requirements and information necessary to enroll in the various Medicare plans.