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Are you ready for Medicare?

Are you ready for Medicare?

This simple checklist will help you to prepare for Medicare.

 

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Your 64th Birthday

Check to see how your current
health coverage may be affected
by your Medicare eligibility.

Learn of any programs that will
help you pay for Medicare Parts A
and B costs.

Familiarize yourself with Original
Medicare and Medicare
Advantage.It's easy to go online
and do your research.

6 months before you
turn 65

Meet with your HR department to
ask about retiree benefits. If
you're not retiring at 65, you may
be able to keep your employer
plan.

If you are not already receiving
Social Security benefits, contact
the Social Security
Administration at
1-800-772-1213(TTY:
1-800-325-0778), 7 am to 7 pm,
Monday - Friday to confirm if you
are eligible for Medicare.

Review your medical history and
create a profile of your expected
annual health care and
prescription drug needs.

Make a budget worksheet to
compare your options.
It’s easy to go online
and do your research.

If you plan to keep your current
doctor, check to see if they
accept Medicare or the Medicare Advantage plan you are
considering.

3 months before you
turn 65

Enroll in Medicare Parts A and B
by contacting the Social Security
Administration at
www.socialseccurity.gov or
1-800-772-1213 (TTY:
1-800-325-0778).

Enroll in a Medicare Advantage
Plan.

Make sure you receive your
Medicare card. If you have
enrolled in a plan, make sure you
receive your health care and/or
prescription drug card.

If you are turning 65

You can sign up for Original
Medicare or a Medicare
Advantage plan in tne 3 months
before your birthday month,
during your birthday month, or the
3 months after your birthday
month. This is referred to as the
Initial Enrollment Period.

There are also Special Election
Periods should you decide to
keep working past 65. If you delay
your retirement and keep your
employer plan coverage, you can
then qualify for a Special
Enrollment Period.