To get the benefits of Medicare, you need to enroll in Parts A and B. Both Medicare Advantage and Supplemental plans require this. You can apply for your Part A and Part B in several ways. The best way is to apply for Medicare online through the Social Security website. You may have to create an account if you don’t already have one. You also can call or go to your local Social Security office.
To get started, click this link:
Still working and wondering if you need to sign up for Medicare at 65?
There is no simple answer. It depends on many factors, including the size of the company you work for.
Use this worksheet:
First off, don’t delay! You have 60 days to enroll. You were automatically enrolled in Part A when you turned 65 and it’s time to enroll in Part B to get benefits and choose a prescription, Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplemental plan. First, get enrolled in Part B and then I’ll help you with the rest! Go to:
If you already have Part A, but not Part B, click the second option, Sign up for Part B only.
This comes from the Social Security website and shows more than one way to get your number:
“Your Medicare card is proof of your Medicare insurance. If your Medicare card was lost, stolen, or destroyed, you can request a replacement with your personal my Social Security account.If you don’t already have an account, you can create one online.Go to Sign In or Create an Account.Once you are logged in to your account, select the"Replacement Documents" tab. Then select “Mail my replacementMedicare card.”Your Medicare card will arrive in the mail in about 30 days atthe address on file with Social Security so be sure to make sure your mailingaddress is correct before completing the request.If you need to know your new Medicare number now, you have someoptions. In your personal my Social Security account, you can get your Benefit Verification Letter, which includes your Medicare number. You can also visit
and sign in to see your Medicare number and print an official copy of your card. If you don’t have a Medicare.gov account, go to
and select “LogIn/Create Account”. Then, follow the instructions. If you can’t or prefer not to use the online service, you can call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227 TTY 1-877-486-2048).”
The answer in most cases is Yes! After 2 years, you should be automatically enrolled, but this doesn’t happen in many cases and you have to apply. To start, you should call your local Social Security office for more information. You can also view this PDF: