Common New to Medicare Questions

We get thousands of questions from new Medicare beneficiaries every year. Here are some of the most common questions:

What age does Medicare start?

At age 65, you are eligible for Medicare, regardless of whether you are already taking Social Security income benefits. Some people also qualify for Medicare earlier than 65 due to a disability or illness.

Is it mandatory to go on Medicare when you turn 65?

No, but there are significant penalties for late enrollment unless you have other creditable Medicare coverage such as from a large employer.

How to get a new Medicare card?

You can print a copy of your Medicare card by logging into your Medicare account. However, if your card is lost or stolen and you need a new Medicare number or your name changed on the card, you can request a new card through your SSA account.

How do I get Medicare?

Social Security offers you a quick online application for Medicare that can be completed in fewer than ten minutes. You do not have to be receiving income benefits to get Medicare. Just visit the Social Security website and follow the links about applying for Medicare.

How do I know when I should sign up?

For most people, your Initial Enrollment Period (A 7-month window in which you should enroll in Part A and Part B to avoid late enrollment penalties) is the best time to sign up for Medicare.

How do I get Medicare?

Social Security offers you a quick online application for Medicare that can be completed in fewer than ten minutes. You do not have to be receiving income benefits to get Medicare. Just visit the Social Security website and follow the links about applying for Medicare.

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Scott, can walk you through this process step by step. He will start by teaching you the basics so that you understand your Original Medicare coverage. That’s the key to deciding which kind of supplemental coverage works best for you when you are new to Medicare.

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