Enrolling in Medicare
WebMD Medical Reference
Enrolling in Medicare is simple and often
automatic. Follow these three steps to learn what you should do.
Medicare is for people age 65 or
older, and for those who are disabled or are on renal dialysis. Medicare has
two parts. Medicare Part A covers hospital stays and other
inpatient services. Part B covers physician and other
If you currently get Social Security or Railroad
- You will be enrolled in Medicare Part A & B
automatically on the first day of the month of your 65th birthday. (If you
turn 65 on May 15, you are enrolled on May 1.)
- Your Medicare card should come in the mail three
months prior to your 65th birthday. If you do not receive your card, call the
Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213, or visit www.ssa.gov.
If you do not draw Social Security or Railroad
- You must sign up to get Medicare benefits.
- To sign up, call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213.
- You can also apply in person at your local Social
- You cannot apply online for Medicare alone.
To sign up for both Medicare and Social
Security retirement benefits:
- You can
apply online here.
- Or call 1-800-772-1213.
- Or visit your local Social Security office.