Medicare: What Is CMS.gov?
Medicare is the government health insurance program for people 65 and older and people with disabilities receiving Social Security. Medicaid, another type of government health insurance program, provides health coverage to low-income people, as well as families and children, pregnant women and others. You could be eligible for both programs, and Medicare and Medicaid are both administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, (CMS) is part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The mission of HHS is to “enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans.”
What is CMS.gov?
A “.gov” web address indicates the web presence of a government entity. CMS.gov is the official website of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and includes information about Medicare, Medicaid, and Medicare-Medicaid coordination as well as other information.
What can I do on CMS.gov?
You can get administrative information about Medicare on CMS.gov. For Medicare coverage information and details about Medicare benefits, you may want to visit Medicare.gov.
On Medicare CMS you can:
- Learn about the new Medicare card
- Look at the Medicare Enrollment Dashboard to see how many Medicare beneficiaries are in each state. You can also look at the enrollment percentages of Medicare Advantage vs Original Medicare and stand-alone prescription drug plans and Medicare Advantage prescription drug plans.
- Find Medicare contact information
- Learn about Medicare Part A and Part B eligibility
- Get information about credible prescription drug coverage here
- Learn about American Indian/Alaska Native benefits
- Get information about ambulance fees covered by Medicare on the ambulance fee schedule page here
What if I have Medicare CMS and Medicaid?
CMS has dedicated a specific office to help people with both Medicaid and Medicare, called the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office. The goal of this office is among other things, to “Simplify the processes for dual eligible individuals to access the items and services they are entitled to under the Medicare and Medicaid programs.” You can learn more about the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination office at CMS.gov.