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Medicare and Turning 65

The time has come. You are turning 65 years old. It is an exciting time in a person’s life, with a lot of changes. With those changes comes a lot of responsibilities and things about which you should be aware. Not the least of which is your healthcare and selecting the right Medicare plan for you. As you age, it is important that you are medically covered in the best way possible. There are a variety of different plans such as Medicare Part A, B, C, and D.

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How does a person sign up for Medicare when they turn 65?

There is a 7-month initial Coverage Election Period surrounding your 65th birthday in which you can sign up for Medicare Part A and/or B. During this 7-month period you can enroll 3 months before the month you turn 65, the month you turn 65, or the 3 months after the month you turn 65. For instance, if your birthday is on March 14th, the enrollment date stretching back 3 months before would be starting December 1st. It would last until June 30th (3 months after your birthday month). So, you would be able to enroll for the first time from December 1st through June 30th.

How do you register for Medicare Part A?

If you have turned 65 and worked, you are most likely eligible for Medicare Part A. Part A helps cover inpatient hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, hospice, home health care, and hospital services that include medically necessary services and equipment to treat your condition.

If you did not enroll during your Initial Coverage Election Period, you are able to sign up for Part A during the General Enrollment Period which is from January 1 to March 31 of each year. Medicare is managed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Both the CMS and Social Security work closely together when it comes to enrolling people in Medicare. You can sign up at your local Social Security Office or apply online.

How do you register for Medicare Part B?

Medicare Part B is for medically necessary outpatient services. It helps cover doctor visits, medical equipment, lab tests, ambulance services, mental health care and preventative services.

Enrolling in Medicare Part B is similar to Part A. You are able to enroll from January 1 to March 31 or outside of this time if you qualify for a Special Election period. You can apply online or at your local Social Security office. Part B is different in that you have to pay a monthly premium for as long as you have Part B.

To further understand how to choose a Medicare Plan, below is a breakdown on Medicare Parts A, B, C, D and Medigap.

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