If you’d like to apply for Medicare in the near future, rest assured that the application process is fairly quick and straightforward. You’ll be able to sign up for Medicare online, via phone, or in-person at a local Social Security age when you’re almost 65. While online tends to be the most convenient for most people, we encourage you to choose the option that you prefer. Feel free to reach out to us if you come across any questions along the way.
How Long Does It Take to Sign Up for Medicare Online?
When you apply for Medicare online, you can expect the process to take no more than 10 minutes. All you have to do is go to this link, https://www.ssa.gov/benefits/medicare/ on the Social Security website. If you do decide to go through the online application process, make sure all the information you plug in is accurate. Otherwise, you may face some delays.
If you prefer to apply for Medicare via phone, call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 and inform the representative that you’d like to apply for Medicare. Note that if the call volume is high, you might have to schedule a phone appointment and apply over the phone at a later time. It will take a few weeks to enroll in Medicare by phone because you’ll need to complete some forms that the Social Security representative will mail to you.
Fortunately, you can enroll in Medicare in-person if you’d like. Visit a local Social Security office to meet with a representative. They will provide you with the form you’ll need to complete and guide you through the process. Note that this option may take longer, especially if you can’t get an appointment right away.
How to Check the Status of Your Medicare Application?
No matter how you apply for Medicare, you’ll have the ability to check the status of your application online. To do so, you’ll need to log in to your My Social Security or MyMedicare.gov account. You may also call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 or stop in to your local Social Security office for an update. Remember that it will take anywhere from 45 to 90 days for your acceptance letter to come through after you’ve applied.
When Should You Start Your Medicare Application to Be Prepared?
When you should start your Medicare application depends on your unique situation. Generally speaking, the ideal time to do so is right when you turn 65. If you’re collecting Social Security payments, you’ll be enrolled in Part A and Part B automatically. However, if you’re not, it will be your job to enroll during the Initial Enrollment Period (IEP), which will begin three months before your 65th birthday. Fortunately, you’ll have other opportunities during a different enrollment period if you don’t sign up within the IEP time frame.
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If you’re interested in learning more about how to apply for Medicare or would like to find the right health insurance plan for your unique situation, don’t hesitate to contact us today. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have and guide you through the process.