Medicare plays a key role in providing health and financial security to beneficiaries residing in the District of Columbia (DC). With more than 94,200 DC beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare, we’ll cover some very important information below about Medicare in DC. We want to help you better understand your options and make the decision-process as seamless as possible once you’re ready to enroll in Medicare or discover different coverage options.

District of Columbia Medicare Enrollments


Original Medicare Plans (Part A and B)


Medicare Advantage & Other Health Plans


Stand-alone Medicare Part D (Drug Plans)


Total Medicare Beneficiaries in DC

Who Qualifies for Medicare in the District of Columbia?

Medicare covers most DC residents who are age 65 or older, and it also covers disabled DC residents. In general, Medicare enrollment in DC works the same way as it does in the rest of the country. If you qualify, Original Medicare Part A and Part B will help cover your health costs.

Once you have Medicare eligibility, you can begin choosing a new health plan through a Medicare Advantage Plan, Medigap plan, and/or a Medicare Part D drug plan.

Who Qualifies for Medicare

Local Medicare Health Plan Resources in the District of Columbia

  • The DC State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides free health insurance information, education, and counseling services to Medicare beneficiaries and seniors who live in DC. In addition to assistance with health insurance issues, SHIP also assists seniors with resolving unpaid medical bills, making appeals for denials of medical services, and obtaining prescription medications.

    SHIP can answer questions and provide assistance on issues relating to health insurance including Medicare, Medicaid, Medigap (Medicare supplemental insurance), Medicare+Choice (Medicare managed care), long-term care insurance, long-term care, federal employee health benefits, unpaid medical bills, HMOs, durable medical equipment, and hospice care.
    Contact: Call (202) 727-8370

  • The Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) program helps District residents who are eligible for Medicare pay for their Medicare costs. This means that Medicaid will pay for the Medicare premiums, co-insurance, and deductibles for Medicare-covered services. It also means that you will receive extra help with your costs under the Medicare prescription drug benefit (Part D), which will limit the amount you pay for your prescriptions to only a few dollars each.
    Contact: Call (202) 994-6272

The licensed agents that are partnered with Timefor65 can help you compare the availability, benefits, and costs of Medicare plans in your specific region of District of Columbia. Our process makes it easier for you to access your Medicare eligibility in District of Columbia so that you receive personalized, affordable, and easy-to-use coverage options and solutions. Feel free to fill out the form or give us a call at (866) 327-0148 anytime to get your free quote and ask any questions that may be lingering.