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Apply for Medicare Online

October 22, 2020 • By

Last Updated: October 22, 2020

You can apply for Medicare online even if you are not ready to start your retirement benefits. Applying online can take less than 10 minutes. There are no forms to sign and we usually require no documentation. We’ll process your application and contact you if we need more information.

Visit 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 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. Read Understanding the Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Costs for more information.

Medicare also offers many online services where you can find out:

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Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner

Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner

Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner

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  1. Sarah Dao

    Hi,

    Could you please tell me how I apply MEdicare for my non-working spouse? I just turn 65 and already applied for Medicare and got it.

    Thanks
    Sarah

    • Vonda

      Hi Sarah, thanks for using our blog to ask your question. If your non-working spouse is 65 or older, they may be eligible for Medicare on your record. Your spouse should call their local Social Security office to inquire. Please look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information. Please be aware that our call wait times are longer than normal. We hope this information helps.

  2. Barbara C Rhoades

    I need to reset my password.

    • Vonda

      Hi Barbara, thanks for using our blog. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions web page for details on how to retrieve or change your username and password. We hope this helps!

  3. Thomas

    Hello, prechecking. I am about to turn 65 in Sept 2021 and currently receiving monthly retirement benefits from SSA. I’m currently enroll in TRICARE Prime, will I get a letter to enroll in Medicare 3 months prior to my birthday? How do I apply for Medicare Part A and B or I will be automated enrolled? I’d like to enroll in TRICARE FOR LIFE through DEERS.

    • Vonda

      Hi Thomas, thank you for using our blog. Generally, individuals receiving Social Security benefits are automatically enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B. If you are at least 64 years and 9 months old and aren’t receiving Social Security benefits, you can apply for Medicare A and B online.

      If you already have Medicare Part A and need to sign up for Medicare Part B, there are some forms that you will need to complete and submit. See our Frequently Asked Questions web page for options on how to submit those forms. We hope this helps!

  4. Peggy Hunt

    I am applying for Part B having had Part A for five years. I have been volunteering out of the country for the past five years for a charitable foundation. Where do I send my Part B application and the form 795 form?

    • Vonda

      Hi Peggy, thanks for using our blog. If you already have Medicare Part A and need to sign up for Medicare Part B, there are some forms that you will need to complete and submit. See our Frequently Asked Questions web page for options on how to submit those forms. We hope this helps!

  5. Jasmine

    I was late on a payment due to COVID. I made the payment and then was refunded the premium. I have now been kicked off of medicare. How do I get reinstated fast. I need help. Medicare says call social security and social security tells me to call Medicare?

    • Vonda

      For your security, Jasmine, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific questions. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance or you can call your local Social Security office. Please look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information. Please be aware that our call wait times are longer than normal. We hope this information helps.

  6. brenda

    trying to set up my online account and it won’t accept any ID name I propose even after carefully following the directions

    • Vonda

      Hi Brenda, thanks for using our blog. If you are having difficulties with your ID, you can register by answering credit history questions. On the “Please enter ID Information” screen, you click on “I don’t have any of these?” to get to the questions. We hope this helps!

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