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Applying for Medicare might seem confusing and overwhelming but here at Blue Compass Solutions we walk you through the process and make it easy!
Social Security will be handling your Medicare enrollment and they have a few easy ways to enroll. You may choose to enroll online, call Social Security directly or stop by your local Social Security office.
If you’re already getting benefits from Social Security or the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB), you’ll automatically get Part A and Part B starting the first day of the month you turn 65. (If your birthday is on the first day of the month, Part A and Part B will start the first day of the prior month.)
If you’re under 65 and have a disability, you’ll automatically get Part A and Part B after you get disability benefits from Social Security or certain disability benefits from the RRB for 24 months
Just visit the Social Security website at www.ssa.gov and follow the links about applying for Medicare. You do NOT need to be receiving retirement benefits to apply for Medicare. Applying online is fairly easy however if that is not an option for you then please see the other enrollment options below!
Contact Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 and request to enroll for Medicare. Keep in mind that there are usually long hold times so you will want to make sure your phone is charged and you have some time to spare! A Social Security representative will either complete your application over the phone or they will mail you out the forms to complete and mail back.
If you wish to apply in person (which many people do), you will want to visit your local Social Security office. This can be a convenient option if you are close to turning 65 and need to get your application processed quickly. You may want to schedule an appointment with your local Social Security office before dropping in to avoid potential long wait times.