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 apply 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.

How to sign up for Medicare online

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the United States and the world, it is vitally important that seniors who are at greater risk protect themselves. In the video below, Robert Bache, owner of Senior Healthcare Direct, provides you with helpful answers to the following situations:

  • How can I sign up for Medicare if Social Security Office is closed?
  • I’m advised not to leave my home.

In this video, Robert takes you through the sign-up process and shows you how to apply for Medicare online.

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.

Applying for Medicare Part B during COVID-19

In 2020, you can fill out employer Section B of CMS form L564. During the coronavirus pandemic you can complete section B on behalf of your employer and without your employer’s signature. However, you must supply supporting document. Learn more about applying for Medicare Part B.

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

How do I sign up for Medicare Part A only?

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.

How to sign up for Medicare Part B?

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.

How to sign up for Medicare Part D?

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.

Do I have to apply for Medicare Part B?

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.