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Medicare Insurance Made Easy

Shop Medicare Insurance, Supplement & Medicare Advantage Plans

When it comes to deciding on your Medicare options, you can spend hours doing your research or you can speak to a local, licensed Texas agent with Ashford Insurance. Your agent will compare your options to find the coverage that’s tailored to you and at a price that fits into your budget. We do this all at no cost and with no obligation to you. With an Ashford Insurance agent, you get the benefit of great counsel, experience, and great choices.


Medicare is the federal health insurance plan designed to help certain populations meet their health care needs. Medicare is like a regular private insurance plan, except the government runs it. Specifically, it is run by a federal agency called the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). While many people confuse Medicare and Medicaid, the two are, in fact, different. Medicare is for older people or people with disabilities, while Medicaid is for people with limited incomes. Read more to learn more about the basics of Medicare.

Medicare was created for certain people. These populations include:

  • People who are 65 and older
  • Younger people with certain disabilities with Social
  • Security Disability Insurance
  • People with End-Stage Renal Diseases

When you turn 65, you become eligible for the Medicare program — which means you will need to set aside time around that milestone birthday to sift through many options so you can sign up for the coverage that meets your health needs and budget.

It’s up to you to get ready. No letter will arrive in the mail announcing it’s time to start making these decisions. What’s more, the timetable is specific and extremely important. You can start signing up three months before you turn 65, and you’ll have until three months after your birthday month to enroll. If you miss that deadline, you may end up paying higher premiums. If you are still working and have employer-sponsored health coverage, you can probably wait to sign up.

You’ll need to do some homework before you start assessing options and picking plans. Make a list of your doctors and decide how important it is to you that you can continue seeing them once you are on Medicare. Also, make a list of any medications you take so you can make sure any prescription drug plan you select will meet your needs.

Think about your lifestyle. Are you a homebody who never travels outside the U.S.? Or are you an adventurer who travels abroad often? Do you split your time between residences and need medical care in different states? All these factors will figure into the decisions you make.

Your financial situation is also important. Medicare helps pay for medical care for most older Americans and also people with disabilities. But it’s not free. You’ll want to choose an option you can afford and build the array of out-of-pocket costs into your annual budget. And take time to review the ways the federal government can help you pay Medicare’s costs if you can’t afford them.