How To Get Original Medicare (Parts A + B) In Fewer Than 10 Minutes
Applying for Medicare takes less time than you might expect. Avoid a trip to a Social Security office, and apply from the comfort of your home instead.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) automatically enrolls people who receive Social Security retirement or disability benefits in Medicare Parts A and B. No need to do anything. Indeed, most pay nothing for Part A, though Part B involves paying premiums to the government.
But, if you’re within three months of turning 65 and you don’t plan to start taking Social Security, what should you do?
The SSA says you should still apply for Medicare, in particular for Part A. In fact, the online Medicare application can be completed in five to ten minutes. Click here and select “Apply for Medicare Only.”
Apply for Medicare through ssa.gov if you:
- Are within three months of turning age 65 or older.
- Want Medicare benefits but don’t have Medicare coverage yet (and are not receiving coverage from an employer with more than 20 employees).
- Don’t want to apply for monthly Social Security retirement benefits now. (Remember, If you sign up and start receiving benefits, you will be enrolled automatically.)