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Getting started with Medicare

If you're new to Medicare, here are 4 steps to get you started:

  1. Sign up for Medicare
  2. Learn about your Medicare coverage choices, and choose your coverage.
  3. Fill out an "Initial Enrollment Questionnaire" (IEQ) so your bills are paid correctly and on time. About 3 months before your Medicare coverage starts, you’ll get an IEQ in the mail. It asks about other health insurance you have that might pay before Medicare does. You can also complete the IEQ online at
  4. Learn about 5 things to do in your first year with Medicare.

You can get personalized health insurance counseling at no cost to you from your local State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP).