Answer a few questions to find out

These questions don’t apply if you already have Part A and want to sign up for Part B.

Do you get benefits from Social Security (or the Railroad Retirement Board) now?

Do you get benefits from Social Security (or the Railroad Retirement Board) because of a disability or ALS (also called Lou Gehrig's disease)?

Do you have ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also called Lou Gehrig's disease)?

Did you start getting benefits from Social Security (or the Railroad Retirement Board) at least 4 months before you turned 65?

Why we ask this question

Select which best describes you:

Do you plan to start getting benefits from Social Security (or the Railroad Retirement Board) at least 4 months before you turn 65?

Why we ask this question

Select your situation:

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You automatically get Medicare

Sign up for Part B if you live in Puerto Rico or outside the U.S.
You get Part A automatically. If you want Part B, you need to sign up for it. If you don’t sign up for Part B within 3 months after your Part A starts, you might have to wait to sign up and pay a monthly late enrollment penalty.
 

What can I do next? 

See Coverage Options

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You automatically get Medicare after getting disability benefits for 24 months

Sign up for Part B if you live in Puerto Rico or outside the U.S.
You get Part A automatically. If you want Part B, you need to sign up for it. If you don’t sign up for Part B within 3 months after your Part A starts, you might have to wait to sign up and pay a monthly late enrollment penalty.

How much is the Part B late enrollment penalty?
How do I sign up for Part B?

What can I do next?

See Coverage Options

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You automatically get Medicare when you turn 65

Sign up for Part B if you live in Puerto Rico or outside the U.S.
You get Part A automatically. If you want Part B, you need to sign up for it. If you don’t sign up for Part B within 3 months of turning 65, you might have to wait to sign up and pay a monthly late enrollment penalty.

How much is the Part B late enrollment penalty?
How do I sign up for Part B?

What can I do next?

See Coverage Options

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You automatically get Medicare

Know when to sign up for Part B
You can only sign up for Part B at certain times. If you don’t sign up for Part B when you turn 65, you might have to wait to sign up and pay a monthly late enrollment penalty. Find out when I can sign up.  How much is the Part B late enrollment penalty?

What can I do next?

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You automatically get Medicare when you turn 65

(as long as you start getting Social Security benefits at least 4 months before you turn 65)

Sign up for Part B if you live in Puerto Rico or outside the U.S.
You get Part A automatically. If you want Part B, you need to sign up for it. If you don’t sign up for Part B within 3 months of turning 65, you might have to wait to sign up and pay a monthly late enrollment penalty.

How much is the Part B late enrollment penalty?
How do I sign up for Part B?

What can I do next?

See Coverage Options

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Contact Social Security to sign up for Medicare.

You can either:

  • Sign up for just Part A (Hospital Insurance)  and  Part B (Medical Insurance) .
  • Apply to get benefits from Social Security (or the Railroad Retirement Board). You’ll get Part A automatically once you start getting benefits. You’ll choose if you want Part B when you apply for benefits.

What if I have a Health Savings Account (HSA)?
Why do I contact Social Security?

Know when to sign up for Part B
You can only sign up for Part B at certain times. If you don’t sign up for Part B when you turn 65, you might have to wait to sign up and pay a monthly late enrollment penalty. Find out when you can sign up.  How much is the Part B late enrollment penalty?

Ways to sign up:

  • Online (at Social Security) – It’s the easiest and fastest way to sign up and get any financial help you may need. (You’ll need to create your secure my Social Security account to sign up for Medicare or apply for benefits.)
  • Call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213. TTY users can call 1-800-325-0778.
  • Contact your local Social Security office.
  • If you or your spouse worked for a railroad, call the Railroad Retirement Board at 1-877-772-5772.

About 2 weeks after you sign up, we’ll mail you a welcome package with your Medicare card.

What can I do next?

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Getting Medicare is your choice. If you want to sign up, contact Social Security.

Why do I contact Social Security?

Ways to sign up:

  • Call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213. TTY users can call 1-800-325-0778.
  • Contact your local Social Security office.
  • If you or your spouse worked for a railroad, call the Railroad Retirement Board at 1-877-772-5772.

About 2 weeks after you sign up, we’ll mail you a welcome package with your Medicare card.

What can I do next?

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Apply for Social Security disability benefits to get:

You’ll automatically get Part A and Part B the month your disability benefits start.

Ways to apply for disability benefits:

  • Call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213. TTY users can call 1-800-325-0778.
  • Contact your local Social Security office.
  • If you or your spouse worked for a railroad, call the Railroad Retirement Board at 1-877-772-5772.

Once your disability benefits start, we’ll mail you a welcome package with your Medicare card.

Sign up for Part B if you live in Puerto Rico or outside the U.S.
You get Part A automatically. If you want Part B, you need to sign up for it. If you don’t sign up for Part B within 3 months after your Part A starts, you might have to wait to sign up for Part B and pay a monthly late enrollment penalty.

How much is the Part B late enrollment penalty?
How do I sign up for Part B?

What can I do next?

See Coverage Options

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To qualify for Medicare, you need to get disability benefits from:

  • Social Security

OR

  • Railroad Retirement Board

You’ll automatically get Part A (Hospital Insurance)  and  Part B (Medical Insurance)  after you get disability benefits for 24 months. We’ll mail you a welcome package with your Medicare card.

Get more information about applying for Social Security disability benefits.

If you or your spouse worked for a railroad, call the Railroad Retirement Board at 1-877-772-5772.

If you live in Puerto Rico or outside the U.S.
You get Part A automatically. If you want Part B, you’ll need to sign up for it. Your welcome package will include more information about signing up for Part B.

What can I do next?

Get Disability Benefit Details