Medicare Basics

Frequently Asked Questions

9. After people enroll in Medicare, how do they get their benefits?

People must decide how to get their Medicare benefits. They can choose Original Medicare, one of the Medicare Advantage Plans, or other Medicare health plans. If a person is receiving Social Security retirement benefits and does nothing when first eligible for Medicare, he or she will automatically be enrolled in Original Medicare.

(Watch the video to learn more about the different ways you can get Medicare coverage. To enlarge the video, click the brackets in the lower right-hand corner. To reduce the video, press the Escape (Esc) button on your keyboard.)