How to apply for Medicare?

Are you about to turn 65 or have you turned 65? Well, then your Medicare health coverage is about to start. The good news is signing up for it is a piece of cake. If your Medicare does not start automatically, you will have to register for it yourself.  Here are 3 ways of applying for Medicare. You can choose any you like:

  1. Call to register or enroll at

You can register for Medicare over the phone too. You will have to call the Medicare 800 number of social security at 1-800-772-1213 and follow the procedure.

The problem with calling on the phone to register is that it can take months to process. The Social Security Office is always fielding a high number of calls. Depending on that, you may be given a phone appointment on a later date, which can be frustrating. You might also have to wait to get some documents in the mail. Then you have to sign and send them in the mail again. This can delay the paperwork processing and cause your application to take more time than usual.

  1. Apply in person

You can apply for Medicare in person by visiting the Social Security Office. You will have a one-on-one session with a federal employee. Before leaving the office, request a printed confirmation for your enrollment. You might need this if you want to apply for extra coverage later on.

  1. Apply online

A great thing is you can apply for Medicare online. For that, just visit the Social Security’s website and click on “Start a New Application.”

You have to enter some personal information and then the website will confirm whether or not you are eligible for the Medicare plan. Once the processing starts, you will be given a “re-entry number.” Make sure you keep this number safe because you will need it to check the status of your application. At the time of signing up, you can also choose to sign up for the social security retirement benefits.

You will also be asked to provide your health insurance and employment information to check your Medicare eligibility. Once you are done, you will be given a receipt as a proof that you submitted the application.

Remember that the initial enrollment period for Medicare will last for 6 months. If you fail to enroll on time, your coverage will get delayed. Make sure you mark your calendar so that you don’t miss the date.