WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU APPLY AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE

  • You can apply for Medicare Part B three (3) months prior to your “birth month.”
    • For example, if your birth month is July, count back three months–June, May, April.
    • You can apply for Medicare starting on April 1.
    • The quickest way is applying online.  See “New-to Medicare Checklist” on left menu.
  • Starting 1-1-2020 insurance agents are required to include your new Medicare number in order to apply for a health plan. Normally it takes 3-6 weeks after you apply before you receive your new card.
  • Once you receive your Medicare card, you should make an appointment to enroll in a Medicare supplemental plan.

Note: If you like to plan ahead to make things easy, applying for Medicare Part B is a good first step.

Medicare coverage begins on the first day of your birthday month. If you were born on July 20th, then Medicare begins on July 1.