Medicare & Other Health Insurance
Medicare is a federal health care program for seniors and people with disabilities. It does not cover health care services such as dental care, glasses and hearing aids. In addition, Medicare does not cover 100% of certain covered costs. As a result, many people choose to supplement Medicare with coverage that pays for or reduces their out-of-pocket costs, and may provide additional benefits. Some of the most common ways people supplement Medicare are with Medigap policies, Medicare Advantage plans, Medi-Cal (California's Medicaid Program), or Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs) for people with low income and assets.
This section focuses on the other coverage options you may have in addition to Medicare because:
- You work or your spouse works
- You have continuation coverage under COBRA or CalCOBRA
- You have retiree health coverage
- You bought an individual health insurance policy before going on Medicare, or
- You are a veteran.
It is important to understand the rules for these plans and how they coordinate with your Medicare coverage.
If you have questions, contact your local Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP) at 1-800-434-0222 for more information.
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Updated Nov. 29, 2010