If you are within three months of age 65 or older and not ready to start your monthly Social Security benefits yet, you can apply for Medicare online and wait to apply for your retirement later.
To apply for Medicare, use the following link:
My Social Security Account
First, you will need to create my Social Security account or login into the existing one. Use the link below to create your account:
You may apply now for Medicare.
Applying for Medicare
When applying for Medicare, you might need to provide some documents that show your eligibility. In some cases, Medicare and Social Security might already have some of this information; however, you’ll be asked to provide any information they don’t have.
Any documents you send should be originals. Social Security will accept copies of W-2s, tax documents, and medical records, but everything else needs to be an original document.
Social Security will send the documents back to you after they’re reviewed.
Social Security can help you get copies of any documents you no longer have.
You’ll get your Medicare number by regular mail. You also may check the application status and retrieve it earlier by logging into your Social Security account online:
Enrolling in Medicare Part B
If you are already enrolled in Medicare Part A, and you want to enroll in Part B, please complete form CMS-40B, Application for Enrollment in Medicare – Part B (medical insurance). If you are applying for Medicare Part B due to a loss of employment or group health coverage, you will also need to complete form CMS-L564, Request for Employment Information.
You have three options to submit your enrollment request under the Special Enrollment Period. You can do one of the following:
- Go to “Apply Online for Medicare Part B During a Special Enrollment Period” and complete CMS-40B and CMS-L564. Then upload your evidence of Group Health Plan or Large Group Health Plan.
- Fax your CMS-40B and employer-signed CMS-L564 to 1-833-914-2016.
- Mail your CMS-40B and employer-signed CMS-L564 to your local Social Security office.
Note: When completing the CMS-L564
- State on the form “I want Part B coverage to begin (MM/YY)” in the remarks section of the CMS-40B form or online application.
- If possible, your employer should complete Section B.
- If your employer is unable to complete Section B, please complete that portion as best as you can on behalf of your employer without your employer’s signature and submit one of the following forms of secondary evidence:
- Income tax form that shows health insurance premiums paid;
- W-2s reflecting pre-tax medical contributions;
- pay stubs that reflect health insurance premium deductions;
- health insurance cards with a policy effective date;
- explanations of benefits paid by the GHP or LGHP; or
- statements or receipts that reflect the payment of health insurance premiums.
MyMedicare.gov is Medicare’s free, secure, online service for managing personal information regarding Original Medicare benefits and services.
You’re not required to make an online profile through Medicare.gov to use Medicare services, but doing so can help. A MyMedicare.gov account allows you to check information about your coverage, enrollment status, and Medicare claims. You may find providers, view deductible statuses and print official copies of your Medicare card if it gets lost, among other things.
Using MyMedicare.gov, you may be sure your drug list is up-to-date and provide the most accurate estimates of your drug costs for different Prescription Drug Plans.
To make an account, you’ll need to click the “MyMedicare.gov Login” link on the https://www.medicare.gov/ homepage and provide the following information:
- Medicare number (this is the number on your red, white and blue government-issued Medicare card)
- Last name
- Date of birth
- ZIP code
- Part A coverage start date (or Part B start date, if you don’t have Part A)
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