Apply for Medicare Before You are Ready to Retire

Social Security Medicare Enrollment
Social Security Medicare Enrollment

Did you know that you can apply online for Medicare, even if you are not ready to retire? You can make an informed decision about when to apply for benefits based on your individual and family circumstances.

Applying online can take less than 10 minutes. There are no forms to sign and usually no required documentation. They will process your application and contact you if they need more information.

Visit Social Security Medicare Benefits page to begin. There, you can apply for Medicare and find other important information. If you’re eligible for Medicare at age 65, your initial enrollment period begins three months before your 65th birthday and ends three months after that birthday.

Some Medicare beneficiaries may qualify for Extra Help with their Medicare prescription drug plan costs.

To qualify for the Extra Help, a person must be receiving Medicare, have limited resources and income, and reside in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia.

For more information on Extra Help, read this page.

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