How to Apply for medicare?
You can apply for Medicare online at SSA.gov in less than 10 minutes. When you visit the Social Security Administration site, you can fill out this online application to enroll in Medicare. Usually, you do not need any documents to apply for Medicare. Social Security will process your application and contact you if they need more information. There are two additional ways you can sign up for Medicare.
How to Sign Up For Medicare?
In addition to applying online, you can sign up for Medicare by calling Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 or visiting your local Social Security office. You only need to sign up once for Medicare. However, each year you have the opportunity to review your coverage and change your plans. Senior Healthcare Direct makes it easy for you to shop and compare Medicare plans. You can call and speak with a licensed agent at 1-855-368-4717 or get a quote.
Do I have to sign up for Medicare?
If you are getting Social Security benefits, then you will automatically be signed up for Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B. Otherwise, to get Medicare benefits you will need to sign up for Medicare.
When can I sign up for Medicare?
You can sign up for Medicare Part A and/or Part B during your 7-month Initial Enrollment Period. You are first eligible for Medicare when you turn 65 and can sign up during this 7-month period:
- 3 months before the month you turn 65
- The month you turn 65
- 3 months after the month you turn 65
To avoid a gap in coverage, you should enroll in Medicare prior to the month you turn 65. In other words, if you wait until the month you turn 65 (or the three month after you turn 65) to enroll, your Medicare coverage will be delayed. In addition, if you do not sign up for Medicare Part B when you are first eligible, you will have to pay a late enrollment penalty.
Common questions about signing up for medicare
When you enroll in Medicare you are signed up in Medicare Part A. However, Medicare Parts B, C, and D are optional so you can delay enrollment without penalty if you have credible coverage.
You can apply for Medicare Part B by filling out an online application at SSA.org, calling Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 or visiting your local Social Security office.
You must first be enrolled in either Medicare Part A or Medicare Part B. Then you can apply Medicare Part D by calling Senior Healthcare Direct at 1-855-368-4717 and get your free quote.
You do not have to apply for Medicare Part B. You can have only Medicare Part A. However, when you decide to get Medicare Part B, you will have to pay a late enrollment penalty.