Medicare Enrollment Process

Medicare eligibility begins, for most, at age 65, though individuals who have been receiving Social Security disability benefits for at least 24 months are also eligible. There are also some other criteria that allows you to be eligible to receive Medicare benefits under the age of 65.

Medicare Eligibility

The Social Security office handles Medicare applications for Parts A and B. They offer several easy options so you can choose how to apply for Medicare. You have three choices for applying:

  1. Online
  2. By phone
  3. In person

Documents needed to apply for Medicare:

Before you decide on how you want to apply for Medicare, start gathering documents. You will need the list of documents below no matter how you decide to apply.

  • Social Security card
  • Birth certificate
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship
  • A copy of your military service papers (if you carried out military service before 1968)
  • A copy of W-2 forms or self-employment tax return from the previous year
  • Any marriage, divorce and death certificates
  • Bank information to set up deposits
  • A spouse’s Social Security number and date of birth
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