Medicare plays a key role in providing health and financial security to beneficiaries residing in North Carolina. With more than two million North Carolina beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare, we’ll cover some very important information below about Medicare in North Carolina. 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.

North Carolina 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 North Carolina

Who Qualifies for Medicare in North Carolina?

Medicare covers most North Carolina residents who are age 65 or older, and it also covers disabled North Carolina residents. In general, Medicare enrollment in North Carolina 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 North Carolina

  • Medicare and Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) provides free, unbiased guidance to help Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers understand Medicare health care products. Counselors in every county meet with seniors by appointment only. Through the NC Senior Medicare Patrol Program, counselors help seniors recognize and avoid Medicare billing errors, fraud, and abuse.
    Contact: Call 1-855-408-1212 or email [email protected].

  • Options Counseling provides guidance to individuals as they make informed choices about long-term services and supports. This service helps people think through the pros and cons of the various options while taking into consideration their situation, values, resources, and preferences. The Options Counselor can also assist with making an Action Plan for the individual to implement.
    Contact: Email [email protected].

  • The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program consists of an Office of the State Long Term Care Ombudsman and 16 Offices of the Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman that are housed in Area Agencies on Aging. Long Term Care Ombudsmen assist residents of long term care facilities in exercising their rights and attempt to resolve grievances between residents, families, and facilities. The regional ombudsmen help support the efforts of Adult Care Home and Nursing Home Community Advisory Committees.
    Contact: Email , [email protected], or [email protected].

  • North Carolina’s Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) are offices established through the Older Americans Act that facilitate and support programs addressing the needs of older adults in a defined geographic region and support investment in their talents and interests. North Carolina AAAs are located within regional Councils of Government.
    Contact: AAAs are dispersed throughout the state of North Carolina. A list of locations and contact information can be found on their website.

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 North Carolina. Our process makes it easier for you to access your Medicare eligibility in North Carolina 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.