If you’re sitting back, waiting for Medicare to send you your Medicare card because you turned 65, you’re in for a disappointment. Only a limited number of people will receive their Medicare card without taking action first. Specifically, those who are already receiving Social Security benefits will receive their card without applying.
But, if you want your Medicare card, you must take steps to enroll. Here are three ways to get the ball rolling:
1. A phone appointment. Call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM Monday through Friday and begin the enrollment process.
2. Go to your local Social Security office for an in-person session. To locate an office near you, visit Social Security Office Locator, SSA Office Locator Social Security Office Locator, Social Security and enter your zip code.
3. Online. Enroll online at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/medicareonly/. Social Security promotes online enrollment as the easiest and quickest way to enroll.
Because 10,000 people turn 65 EVERY DAY, the Social Security offices are very busy places. It can take up to six weeks to get your Medicare card after you enroll.
To find out more about Medicare, please join me for Getting Started with Medicare, an informational session to help those turning 65 become familiar with Medicare and how it works. For more information on Getting Started with Medicare, please visit http://Mutskoinsurance.com/seminars.