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Sign up for Medicare Part B Online, by Fax or Mail

August 6, 2020 • By

Last Updated: August 6, 2020

For many people, signing up for Medicare Part B doesn’t require you to leave the comfort of home.  Please visit our Medicare Part B webpage if:

  1. You are already enrolled in Medicare Part A.
  2. You would like to enroll in Part B during the Special Enrollment Period.

You can complete form CMS-40B (Application for Enrollment in Medicare – Part B [Medical Insurance]) and CMS-L564 (Request for Employment Information) online.

You can also fax the CMS-40B and CMS-L564 to 1-833-914-2016; or return forms by mail to your local Social Security office.  Please contact Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) if you have any questions.  

 Note:  When completing the forms:

  • State, “I want Part B coverage to begin (MM/YY)” in the remarks section of the CMS-40B form or online application.
  • If your employer is unable to complete Section B, please complete that portion as best you can on behalf of your employer without your employer’s signature.
  • Submit one of the following types of secondary evidence by uploading it from a saved document on your computer:
    • Income tax returns that show health insurance premiums paid.
    • W-2s reflecting pre-tax medical contributions.
    • Pay stubs that reflect health insurance premium deductions.
    • Health insurance cards with a policy effective date.
    • Explanations of benefits paid by the GHP or LGHP.
    • Statements or receipts that reflect payment of health insurance premiums.

 Please let your friends and loved ones know about this online, mail, or fax option.

 


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  1. Blanca Pulido

    Hi,
    I wanted to know if I need to have Medicare part A before applying for part B. I have neither and trying to apply for both. Do I have to call my nearest office for assistance?

    • Sue

      Hi, Blanca, and thanks for using our blog. If you are at least 64 years and 9 months old and aren’t receiving Social Security benefits, you can apply for Medicare online, Part A and Part B. It should take less than 10 minutes, and there are no forms to sign and usually no documentation is required. If you cannot file online, you can call your local Social Security office and schedule an appointment. You’ll find the number using our Office Locator. We hope this helps!

  2. Mark Vassar

    I turned 65 and am working with an adviser. He asked about my Part-A card and I told him that I Have NOT received one. He tried to verify my information online and said it didn’t show up!
    I am trying to get Part-A AND Part-B signed up.
    Can you help me please?
    Thanks.

    • Vonda

      Hi Mark, thanks for using our blog. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions web page for details on how to get a replacement Medicare card.

      If you have additional questions, 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.

  3. Pamela Moore

    I will be 65 in May. Yesterday I applied for part A but I still need to apply for part B. I went back into the website but when i selected Create a New Application, it pulled up my personal info from yesterday. After I pressed continue, I was taken to a page that told me some of my info didn’t match what was in the system. I have tried call SS 4 times and I am disconnected after 20 minutes.

    Please tell me what I need to do.

    • Sue

      We apologize for your experience, Pamela. Please continue to call your local office about your Medicare Part B enrollment. You will find the phone number here: Social Security Office Locator. We ask for your patience as our call volume and wait times are greater than normal. For more information about the different parts of Medicare, check out our Frequently Asked Question. We hope this helps.

  4. Francine A Danza

    How long does it take to add Part B to previous Part A after you apply? I spoke with agent Nov 26 and faxed and mailed to 2250 Nostrand Ave Brooklyn NY office Dec 1. Thank YOU

    • Vonda

      Hi Francine, thanks for using our blog. 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.

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  6. Avraham Edery

    Hi,
    I submitted an application for Medicare Part B via fax and mail. Is there a way to find out if you received it? Will I receive something in the mail notifying me that I have been accepted? Thank you for your help.

    • Vonda

      Hi Avraham, thanks for using our blog. You should 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.

      • Avraham Edery

        Thank you.

  7. Sheryl Struble

    I just list my insurance. When can I sign up for Medicare part b. My HR was supposed to fax it the beginning of December but I haven’t heard a word

    • Vonda

      Hi Sheryl, 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 aSpecial 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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  9. David Haight

    I get all drop calls after waiting on hold for the Social Security Number in Waco!!!! 866-331-2157

  10. David Haight

    Howdy from Waco
    I am a disabled veteran and didnt want medicare part b, is there a fax number to appeal or drop Medicare B since I have that with the VA?

    • Vonda

      Thank you for your service, David! Enrolling in Medicare is your choice. However, because you can only sign up for Medicare Part B during designated enrollment periods, if you choose to terminate Part B and later change your mind, you may have to pay a late enrollment penalty for as long as you have Part B coverage.
      Check out the Veterans Administration web page for additional details on VA health care and how it works with Medicare and other health insurance.

      If you still wish to terminate Part B, check out our Frequently Asked Questions web page for the details.

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