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“Welcome to Medicare” booklet and letter

What is it?

You’ll get this letter if you’re automatically enrolled in Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance). Your coverage starts on the dates listed on the enclosed card. The booklet explains some important decisions you need to make, including whether you want to keep Part B.

When should I get it?

During the 7-month Initial Enrollment Period that you're first eligible for Medicare

Who sends it?


What should I do if I get these materials?

  • Read the cover letter.
  • Read the enclosed booklet carefully. It’s the official "Welcome" booklet from Medicare, and it explains 4 very important decisions you should consider now:

    • Should I keep Part B? You pay a monthly premium for Part B if you choose to keep it. If you don't take any action, your Part B coverage will start on the effective date on the front of your Medicare card, and you'll be charged a monthly premium.

    • How should I get my Medicare coverage? (Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan?)

    • Do I need Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D)?

    • Do I need a Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) policy?

Download a sample

"Welcome to Medicare" cover letter [PDF, 487 KB]

"Welcome to Medicare" booklet [PDF, 306 KB]

Publication, product, or other number

Product No. 11095

Unofficial name

"Welcome to Medicare" booklet