Medicare Enrollment

Enrolling in Medicare

There are several times when you can enroll in Medicare, and each of those times has certain rules around applying and when your coverage will begin. Understanding when you can enroll and the best time to do so is an integral part of getting your Medicare.

You can sign up for Medicare benefits during a 7 month period that begins 3 months before your 65th birthday, the month of your 65th birthday or 3 months after your 65th birthday. This is called your Initial Enrollment Period.

Contact Social Security to apply for Medicare at 1-800-772-1213 or  

If you turned 65 but waited to sign up for Medicare because you or your spouse worked for an employer with more than 20 employees and had health care coverage through your job or union, you may be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period. A Special Enrollment Period lets you enroll in Medicare Part B without penalty at any time while you have group health coverage and for eight months after you lose your group health coverage or you (or your spouse) stop working, whichever comes first.

Contact Social Security to apply for Medicare at 1-800-772-1213 or  

Click on the following link for more information on enrolling into Medicare: How to sign up for Medicare Part A & B

Remember, not enrolling in Medicare when you are eligible may result in financial penalties and delayed enrollment.


Enrollment Resources