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Figuring out when to enroll in Medicare and which parts to enroll in can be daunting even for the savviest retirees. There are Part A, Part B, Part D, Medigap plans, Medicare Advantage plans and so on. This is a complicated federal health insurance program for retirement-age Americans so start with our beginner's guide to the essential things you should know about Medicare, then work your way through our other features, guides and news stories.