Medicare Journey

I am Turning 65

What do I do?

When do I apply?

If you are turning 65, you can apply for Medicare (via Social Security) up to 100 days prior to your 65th birthday. 

a) You have a 7-month period to enroll in Medicare - 3 months before your birthday, the month of, and 3 months after. 

b) If you are already receiving SS benefits, your new MBI (Medicare card) will be sent to you automatically. 

c) If you are not taking SS benefits yet, you will need to manually enroll with Social Security (SSA.GOV) 

d) If you are still working and have Employer Group Health Coverage (EGHP) and staying on the plan, you will need to contact your HR representative to determine if you should enroll in Part B (depends upon the nbr of employees) 

e) If you are coming off an Employer Group Health Plan, you may have an 8-month special enrollment period. 


Where and How?

You would think that if you're signing up for Medicare, you'd have to contact Medicare. Nope, it's actually Social Security.

 a) You can contact SS at 800-772-1213 to schedule an appointment at their office or via a phone interview.

 b) You can also apply online at to enroll without signing up for SS benefits
 c) If you have questions about signing up or need more help, you can contact the Medicare Journey help line (833-267-6700)

Have Questions?

Fill out the form on the right and we will get back to you with some straight answers.