How do I sign up for Medicare?

Ready to sign up for Part A and or Part B?

Contact Social Security (or the Railroad Retirement Board) to sign up for Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medical Insurance).  Medicare provides your coverage, but you’ll sign up through Social Security (or the Railroad Retirement Board) because they need to see if you’re eligible for Medicare, including whether you (or another qualifying person) paid Medicare taxes long enough to get Part A without having to pay a monthly premium. Social Security also process requests to sign up for Part B for Medicare.

Turning 65? Ways to sign up:

1 – Online (at Social Security) – It’s the easiest and fastest way to sign up and get any financial help you may need. (You’ll need to create your secure my Social Security account to sign up for Medicare or apply for benefits.)

2 – Call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213. TTY users can call 1-800-325-0778.

3 – Contact your local Social Security office.

4 – If you or your spouse worked for a railroad, call the Railroad Retirement Board at 1-877-772-5772.

Over age 65? Ways to sign up:


If you are over 65 and still working, you can sign up for Medicare Part A and/or Part B when you are ready to end your work based coverage.  You can sign up for Medicare Part A and/or Part B using the 4 ways listed above.  One important note, REQUEST FOR EMPLOYMENT INFORMATIONshould be completed by your employer that is providing your credible employer based health insurance to AVOID a Part B late enrollment penalty for the time you had employer-based coverage since turning 65.  You will also want to complete the Application for Part B.

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