Apply for Medicare Online

October 22, 2020 • By

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Last Updated: November 2, 2023

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 our publication, 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

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  1. Grace L.

    I applied for Medicare, I will be turning 65 in Jan. I am trying to find out my status on this site. I have a re-entry number, but can’t find where to put it in. I need some one to contact me to make sure all is done, and to see my policy that I choose. thank you

  2. Paul W.

    Will be 65 on 3/30, retired from State Service 2016, have insurance from employer not sure what to do. Don’t think I qualify for SS, have private pension with State. Any assistance with what I need to do will be great

    • Vonda

      Hi Paul, thanks for using our blog. In most cases, if you don’t sign up for Medicare when you’re first eligible, you may have to pay a higher monthly premium which is why we advise people to apply for Medicare benefits as soon as they are eligible. However, if you were covered under a group health plan based on your or your spouse’s current employment, you may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) that will let you sign up for Medicare Part B. You have an 8-month SEP to sign up for Part A and/or Part B that starts at one of these times (whichever happens first):
      • The month after the employment ends
      • The month after group health plan insurance based on current employment ends.

      Usually, you don’t pay a late enrollment penalty if you sign up during a SEP.

      If you don’t qualify for an SEP, you will have to wait for the General Enrollment Period (GEP) to sign up. The GEP lasts from January 1 through March 31. Coverage would begin July 1. Most people who sign up for Part B during the GEP will have a 10 percent increase in monthly premiums for each 12-month period they did not enroll, but were eligible.

      You can call us at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance or you can contact 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.

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  7. Laura W.

    I’m on Medicaid how can I get Medicare A and B due to the fact Medicaid is most effective paying for 3 quarters of one in all my medication. How do I follow to get Medicaid A and B? And if I get Medicaid A and B how an awful lot would it be because I can pay for what.

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  9. Thomas S.

    I’m on Medicaid how can I get Medicare A and B because Medicaid is only paying for 3 quarters of one of my medication. How do I apply to get Medicaid A and B? And if I get Medicaid A and B how much would it be because I will pay for what. My doctor prescribed me name brand Suboxones and my doctor prescribed me 120 a month and Medicaid pays for 90 of them and I buy the other 30. But now CVS said I can only get what Medicaids pay for. And I need the whole month supply which is 120 a month.

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Thomas, thanks for using our blog. Medicare is most commonly used by individuals that are age 65 or older; however, some younger people are eligible for Medicare, too. Those include people receiving Social Security disability, those with permanent kidney failure and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Check out our Medicare publication for more details.

    • Treasa L.

      I would like to apply

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