What is it?
This welcome package is the first mail you'll get from Medicare. It includes a letter, booklet, and Medicare card. The booklet explains important decisions you need to make before your Medicare coverage starts.
It's sent to all people who automatically get Medicare because they're getting Social Security benefits before they're eligible for Medicare.
If you automatically get both
, you'll also get a reminder letter about decisions you should make before your coverage starts.
When should I get it?
Welcome package with Medicare card: 3 months before your Medicare coverage starts
Reminder letter: 1 month before your Medicare coverage starts
Who sends it?
What should I do if I get these materials?
Read the materials carefully as soon as you get them because they explain important decisions that you should make now.
Download a sample
Welcome to Medicare package for people living in the United States and some U.S. Territories (the Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa)
Welcome to Medicare package for people living in Puerto Rico
Welcome to Medicare package for people living outside the United States
Publication, product, or other number
Product No. 11095 for people living in the United States and some U.S. Territories
Product No. 11989 for people living in Puerto Rico
Product No. 11871 for people living outside the United States
Product No. 12088-E.S for the reminder letter
Welcome to Medicare package, and the reminder letter