[Skip to Content]

Turning 65 and New to Medicare?

Shop Plans
Member Login
Find a Doctor/Find Care

Customer Service:

1-866-805-4589 (TTY 711)
8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
7 days a week

Learn more about applying for Medicare benefits

If you are turning 65 soon, it is time to apply for Medicare. This is a good thing, because there are many excellent benefits that come with it. Even if you still have employer health insurance at 65, Medicare benefits work in coordination with that coverage to enhance or supplement it. For example, Medicare Part A covers hospital stay costs, and is free if you’ve worked 10 years or more while paying Medicare taxes.

When should I apply for Medicare?

You have a seven-month window, called the Initial Enrollment Period, to apply for Medicare. This window consists of:

The three months before the month you turn 65.

The month you turn 65.

The three months after the month you turn 65.

How do I apply for Medicare?

You can sign up for Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) at any Social Security office or online. The Social Security Administration has a secure online portal where you can sign up in about 10 minutes.

If you’re getting Social Security benefits at least four months before your 65th birthday, you’re automatically enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B. Social Security will send you Medicare information and a Medicare card prior to your 65th birthday.

Here’s what you’ll need to apply for Original Medicare:

Your Social Security card (or record of your number)

Your original birth certificate

Proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residency

A W-2 form if you’re still working

Bearded father using laptop and credit card, and close up of hands filling out paperwork

How to sign up for Medicare Advantage (Part C) or Medicare Part D

Original Medicare is a federal government program that doesn’t include Medicare Part C or Part D. Amerigroup offers Medicare Advantage plans (Part C) that include prescription drug plans (Part D).

You must have Part A and Part B before signing up for a Medicare Advantage or Part D plan. You can add a Medicare Advantage or prescription drug plan during your Initial Enrollment Period or during the Annual Enrollment Period between October 15 and December 7.

Non-Discrimination Notice: The plan documents may be available in other languages. Or, if you have special needs, the documents may be available in other formats. Please review the Notice of Non-Discrimination in Health Programs and Activities and call Customer Service for details.

Amerigroup is an HMO plan with a Medicare contract and a contract with the State Medicaid Program. Enrollment in Amerigroup depends on contract renewal.

Accepted 06/19/2020

Get Adobe Reader