New to Medicare?
You have an Initial Coverage Election Period. You have seven months to enroll in Medicare Parts A and B. This timeframe includes:
- Three months before the month of your 65th birthday
- The month of your 65th birthday
- Three months after the month of your 65th birthday
Contact the Social Security Administration to sign up for Original Medicare. Call toll-free 1-800-772-1213 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. TTY users should call 1-800-325-0778.
New to Medicare Enrollment Timeline
|6 months before birthday
||Start doing research on Medicare Advantage plans. Research which companies offer Medicare coverage in your area. Decide what type of plan will best meet your health care needs.
|5 months before birthday
||Attend an informational seminar about Medicare. You'll learn about what Original Medicare covers, types of Medicare Advantage plans, and get information on Medicare Part D.
|3 months before birthday
||Sign up for Original Medicare. Enroll in Original Medicare Parts A and B.|
||Sign up for Medicare Advantage coverage. Make sure you apply for enrollment three months before your birthday. This ensures you don't have a gap in health care coverage.
|3 months after birthday
||Last month you can enroll in Original Medicare.