1) Applying for Medicare Online
Applying for Medicare online is a quick and easy process on the Social Security website, taking approximately ten minutes. After you have applied for Medicare online, you can check the status of your application and/or appeal, request a replacement card, and print a benefit verification letter.
Once you apply for Part B, give us a call so we can help you choose a supplement plan to cover what Medicare doesn’t.
If you’re not comfortable applying for Medicare online, you can do so over the phone.
2) Applying for Medicare by Phone
Just like applying online, applying for Medicare by phone is easy. You can contact a representative at 1-800-772-1213.
Depending on the volume of calls, there might be a wait time. If the wait time is above average, you can schedule an appointment to have a representative call you.
The only downfall with applying for Medicare by phone is that it can take longer compared to online. If you’re ahead of the game and start well before your birthday, then applying by phone shouldn’t cause any issues. If you do not wish to apply online or by phone, you can choose to do so in person.
3) Applying for Medicare in Person
If you would prefer to do so in person, you can apply for Medicare at your local Social Security office. Their website has a ZIP Code lookup tool that will show you the closest office to you.
4) Applying for Medicare with Employer Coverage
Can you still enroll in Medicare coverage, even if you’re not yet seeking retirement?
The answer is yes! Medicare coverage can coincide with your group coverage through your employer. If your employer has more than 20 employees, your group coverage will work as your primary insurance, and Medicare will be your secondary insurance.
You can choose to apply for Part B, or you can wait until leaving your employer group coverage. For more information on the benefits of obtaining Medicare while receiving group coverage through work, give our team a call, and we can review the pros and cons.
Sometimes beneficiaries don’t want to apply for Part B when they initially become eligible because of employer health coverage. Should you lose your health insurance through your employer, or if you prefer to switch over to Medicare, you can apply any time while receiving coverage through your employer.
5) Documents You Need to Apply for Medicare
To begin the application process, you’ll need to ensure you have the following documentation to prove identity:
- A copy of your birth certificate
- Your driver’s license or state I.D. card
- Proof of U.S. citizenship or proof of legal residency
You may need additional documents as well. Make sure to have on hand:
- Your Social Security card
- W-2 forms if still active in employment
- Military discharge documents if you previously served in the U.S. military before 1968
- Information about current health insurance types and coverage dates
If you are already enrolled in Part A and have chosen to delay enrollment in Part B, you will need to complete additional forms (listed below).
- 40B form: This form allows you to apply for enrollment into Part B only. The 40B form must be included in your online application or mailed directly to the Social Security office.
- L564 form: Your employer must complete this form if you delayed Part B due to creditable group coverage through a said employer. The completed L564 form also must be included in your online application or mailed directly to the Social Security office.
6) Medicare Application Forms
There are many different forms that you can access on Medicare.gov. You can find Medicare application and enrollment forms, as well as appeal forms online.
The National Government Services developed Medicare Connex as a platform for beneficiaries to access self-service functions. Some of the things you can accomplish on the site include checking eligibility, looking at claim status, submitting claims, and so much more. Many people find by using this platform they can save time and money. Waiting on hold with Medicare can be a challenge, but this website removes that issue.
Can I sign up for Medicare online?
Yes, you can sign up for Medicare on SSA.gov.
* Is it Difficult to Sign Up for Medicare Online?
Medicare makes it as easy as possible to sign up using their online application. Most of our clients felt that the online process was not difficult at all.
What Happens After I Register for Medicare Online?
Once you have submitted your application, it will be reviewed by Medicare to ensure all the information is accurate and complete. You should double-check your contact information to make sure it is correct. This is important to ensure prompt delivery of your Identification Card, as well as in the event Medicare needs to contact you about your enrollment.
After your application is received and processed, a letter will be mailed to you with the decision. If you encounter any questions or problems during the process, you can always contact Social Security for assistance.
Can I Sign Up for Medicare Easy Pay Online?
Yes, you can sign up for Medicare Easy Pay by creating an account on MyMedicare.gov.
* When do I Get My Medicare Card?
In most circumstances, you’ll get a Medicare I.D. card several weeks after your initial application. However, waiting times can be up to 90 days. If you are automatically enrolled in Medicare because you already get Social Security benefits, you will receive your I.D. card two months before turning 65.
Is There a Local Medicare Office?
To receive information about Medicare in person, go to your local Social Security office.
** Don’t Register for Medicare Alone
If you’re uncomfortable with applying for Medicare alone, we can help! Our services are completely free for you. If you would like an agent by your side when applying, contact us. We can walk you through setting up all your coverage, including Medicare, Medigap, Part D, and more.
Plus, when you use us to apply, you get unlimited support from our Client Service Team. That means if you have any issues with claims or appeals, we can help at no additional cost. You can compare rates online or give us a call today at the number above.