Where is the best place to sign up for Medicare?
You can enroll in Medicare Part A and/or Medicare Part B in the following ways:
- Online at www.SocialSecurity.gov.
- By calling Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY users 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday, from 7AM to 7PM.
- In-person at your local Social Security office.
Where do I apply for Medicare in California?
How do I sign up?
- Apply online at Social Security.
- Visit your local Social Security office.
- Call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778).
- If you worked for a railroad, call the RRB at 1-877-772-5772.
Where do I sign up for Medicare at 65?
Signing up for Medicare
- Visiting your local Social Security office.
- Calling Social Security at 800-772-1213.
- Mailing a signed and dated letter to Social Security that includes your name, Social Security number, and the date you would like to be enrolled in Medicare.
- Or, by applying online at www.ssa.gov.
How do I make an appointment to sign up for Medicare?
If you would like to file for Medicare only, you can apply by calling 1-800-772-1213. Our representatives there can make an appointment for you at any convenient Social Security office and advise you what to bring with you.
What happens if you don’t sign up for Medicare Part B at 65?
If you wait until the month you turn 65 (or the 3 months after you turn 65) to enroll, your Part B coverage will be delayed. This could cause a gap in your coverage. In most cases, if you don’t sign up for Medicare Part B when you‘re first eligible, you‘ll have to pay a late enrollment penalty.
Who qualifies for free Medicare B?
If you are not eligible for premium-free Medicare Part A, you can qualify for Medicare Part B by meeting the following requirements: You must be 65 years or older. You must be a U.S. citizen, or a permanent resident lawfully residing in the U.S for at least five continuous years.
Is it mandatory to go on Medicare when you turn 65?
It is mandatory to sign up for Medicare Part A once you enroll in Social Security. The two are permanently linked. However, Medicare Parts B, C, and D are optional and you can delay enrollment if you have creditable coverage. Your specific circumstances affect the answer to the Medicare at 65 question.
What documents do I need to apply for Medicare?
What documents do I need to enroll in Medicare?
- your Social Security number.
- your date and place of birth.
- your citizenship status.
- the name and Social Security number of your current spouse and any former spouses.
- the date and place of any marriages or divorces you’ve had.
Do I automatically get Medicare when I turn 65?
If you are receiving Social Security, the Social Security Administration will automatically sign you up at age 65 for parts A and B of Medicare. (Medicare is operated by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, but Social Security handles enrollment.)
How does Medicare work when you turn 65?
Medicare enrollment begins three months before your 65th birthday and continues for 7 months. If you are currently receiving Social Security benefits, you don’t need to do anything. You will be automatically enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B effective the month you turn 65. For more on Medicare Part A, click here.
Can I drop my employer health insurance and go on Medicare?
For example, you may be able to: Drop your employer coverage and enroll in Original Medicare, Part A and Part B. If you take this route, you might want to think about signing up for prescription drug coverage under Medicare Part D, and/or buying a Medicare Supplement plan.
Do I need to notify Social Security when I turn 65?
If you’re not already getting benefits, you should contact Social Security about three months before your 65th birthday to sign up for Medicare. You should sign up for Medicare even if you don’t plan to retire at age 65.
Is it difficult to sign up for Medicare online?
A: Applying for Medicare online is easy and requires information that you’ll likely have on hand. Your initial enrollment window for Medicare spans seven months, beginning three months before the month of your 65th birthday and ending three months after that month.
What number do I call to sign up for Medicare?
Do you need a birth certificate to sign up for Medicare?
Medicare is only available to U.S. citizens and Resident Aliens, so you may need proof your citizenship to apply. For citizens, a birth certificate and Social Security card usually suffices. Immigrants must provide a Permanent Resident Card to verify eligibility.