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As you, your spouse or your friends approach your 65th birthday, you’ll probably have questions about Medicare. We’re here to help you understand how – and when – to enroll.
Everyone has a seven-month window to enroll, starting three months before the month they turn 65 and ending three months after the month they turn 65. For example, if your birthday is Aug. 9, you can enroll from May 1 through Nov. 30.
If you already get a Social Security or Railroad retirement check, you’re automatically enrolled in Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Part B (medical insurance) when you turn 65. Otherwise, you must sign up on your own. When eligible, you can enroll in Parts A and B by applying online here, visiting your local Social Security office or calling (800) 772-1213 (TTY (800) 325-0778).
You might want a Medicare Advantage plan instead of government-managed Original Medicare. If so, you must first enroll in Medicare Parts A and B, and then enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan during that same seven-month window. Health Alliance™ offers a variety of plan options to meet your needs. Prospective members can call (888) 382-9771 (TTY 711) or visit HealthAlliance.org/Medicare to enroll. You can register here to attend a webinar to learn more.
You can visit this webpage for answers about Medicare eligibility and what to do if you’re still getting insurance through work.
With so much to remember, we encourage you to visit this helpful site and share it with other friends and family members turning 65.
For accommodations of persons with special needs at meetings, call (877) 634-3390 (TTY 711).
First in this series: Enroll in a Medicare Plan Made for You
Second in this series: Busting Common Myths About Medicare Advantage Plans
Third in this series: The Facts About Medicare and Veterans Affairs Benefits
Fourth in this series: Let Medicare Help You Stay Fit
Fifth in this series: Health Alliance — Whom to Call, How to Connect, Where to Find Answers