Toll-free number: 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)
TTY number: 1-877-486-2048
Where to apply for Medicare online or by calling?
Steps towards Enrolling into Medicare
Many people are confused about the steps to take towards getting Medicare when they become Medicare-eligible due to a disability or age.
Most people will age into Medicare and automatically be enrolled in both parts of Medicare. Medicare hospital benefits called Part A and the outpatient doctor benefit's called Part B. You will have an effective date the first of the month of your birthday month.
However, if your birthday is on the 1st of the month, you will become effective the 1st of the prior month.
If you are near Medicare eligibility due to age and have not received any information, maybe it’s time to contact the Social Security Administration, but before you do, consider these things.
Things to consider before enrolling in Medicare Part B outpatient coverage.
- 1. Are you or a spouse or legal partner continuing to work for a company that offers you group insurance, and does the company have 20 or more employees? If so, you may want to hold off on getting Part B Medicare until you are ready to leave the company group insurance plan.
- 2. If you or a spouse or legal partner are on a group plan with less than 20 employees, you may want to enroll in Part B Medicare as soon as you are eligible.
Medicare late enrollment penalties
If you are eligible for both Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B, and you refuse to enroll in Part B simply because you don’t see the need. If you have no other qualifying health plan, such as a group insurance plan, you could be charged 10% more (for life) on your Part B premium than someone who first signed up when eligible. The penalty is 10% for every year you delayed.
How to enroll in Medicare. You may enroll directly in Medicare by going online here:
You can also apply:
- By phone - Call us at 1-800-772-1213 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you can call us at TTY 1-800-325-0778.
- In person - Visit your local Social Security office. (Call first to make an appointment.)