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Preparing and Signing Up for Medicare

Your enrollment in Medicare is automatic if you already are receiving Social Security retirement benefits. If you are delaying retirement, you are eligible for Medicare, but you must sign up for it.

Medicare Preparation Timeline

9 months before you turn 65

Learn about Medicare, Medicare health plans and the companies behind them. Start thinking about the benefits and features in coverage that will be important to you.

6 months before you turn 65

Take time to schedule meetings with Medicare health plans to learn about how they can help fill the gaps in your Medicare coverage.

3 months before you turn 65

Call or visit your local Social Security office to enroll in Medicare.

You can enroll in Medicare Part A and Part B at your local Social Security office, or call 800-772-1213, TTY users call 800-325-0778. Individuals may also enroll through or by calling 1-800-Medicare (800-633-4227), TTY users call 877-486-2048.

1 month before you turn 65

Sign up for a Medicare health plan so benefits are ready and waiting for you when you turn age 65.

If you have further options about your Medicare eligibility, connect with our Medicare experts.

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Medicare Consultations

Want to sit down with an expert to understand your Medicare options? We offer free, no-obligation consultations at locations convenient to you.

Page updated 10/1/2019