Medicare advantage plan eligibility may seem confusing. Who qualifies? When can I apply? And what plans do I qualify for?
In part two of my Medicare series, I take the mystery out of eligibility and share what the qualifications are to be eligible for applying.
Find out if you or the person you are a caregiver for qualifies and what steps to take next.
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Who Qualifies for Medicare?
Medicare is a health insurance program governed by the United States Federal Government. People who qualify include:
- 65 years old or older
- Under 65 with a disability
- Any age with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) or ALS
To find out if your disability qualifies you for Medicare, visit the official Social Security site.
How Do I Enroll?
If you are already receiving benefits from Social Security or the Railroad Retirement Board, you will automatically be enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B (also known as Original Medicare). Your benefits will begin on the first day of the month that you turn 65. If your 65th birthday is on the first day of the month, you’ll be enrolled on the first day of the previous month.
What about people who won’t receive Social Security benefits before their initial enrollment period? If you fall into this category you’ll have to apply for Medicare Parts A and B manually before you turn 65 by one of the following ways:
- Submitting an online application through the Social Security website
- Calling Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778)
- Visiting your local Social Security office in person
In part one of my Medicare series, I shared important deadline information. Be sure to read it to avoid costly penalties!
What if I Have Questions about Medicare Advantage Plan Eligibility?
Does the process and options available make your head spin?
You are not alone and the Medicare Advocates at easyMedicare are ready to help! That includes helping you find, compare, and enroll in Medicare plans.
Talk to a Medicare Advocate from easyMedicare today!