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Turning 65 and Enrolling in Medicare

When to Apply for Medicare


If you are turning 65 soon, it’s a good time to apply for Medicare. Even if you still have employer health insurance at 65, Medicare benefits can enhance or supplement it. For example, Medicare Part A covers hospital stay costs, and it’s free if you’ve worked 10 years or more while paying Medicare taxes.

You have a seven-month window to apply for Medicare. (This is called the Initial Enrollment Period.) This window includes:


  • The three months before the month you turn 65.
  • The month you turn 65.
  • The three months after the month you turn 65.



How to Apply for Medicare


You can sign up for Original Medicare Part A (hospital care) and Part B (doctor visits) 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 receiving 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.


What you 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



How to Sign up for Medicare Part C or Medicare Part D


Original Medicare may not cover all of your healthcare needs, including prescription drugs, dental, and vision. If you are looking for coverage in these areas, you may want to consider signing up for Part C (a Medicare Advantage plan) or Part D (a prescription drug plan).


You can add a Medicare Part C or Part D plan during your Initial Enrollment Period, or during the Annual Enrollment Period between October 15 and December 7.


Note: You must have Original Medicare Part A and Part B before signing up for Part C or D. 


Note: If you do not enroll in a Part D plan and do not have creditable coverage for your drugs, you will incur a penalty for every month you were eligible and did not enroll.


Learn more about the four parts of Medicare and the benefits of each.



Medicare Savings Programs


State-sponsored Medicare Savings Programs are designed for those with limited resources or living on a fixed income. They can cover items such as plan premiums, copays, deductibles, and more. You can visit to see if you’re eligible.

In addition, the federal government’s Extra Help program helps cover prescription drug costs and waives late enrollment penalties for Part D. You can visit the Social Security website or the office near you to see if you qualify.

Attend a Free Medicare Event

Sign up for a free, no-pressure Medicare event to learn how Amerigroup Medicare plans help cover costs that Original Medicare doesn’t. 


This is an insurance sales presentation. A licensed insurance agent will be present with information and applications.

Find an Event

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