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Getting started with Medicare

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

Step 1: Sign up for Medicare

Step 2: Choose your coverage

Step 3: Fill out an "Initial Enrollment Questionnaire" (IEQ) 

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. Fill out the IEQ so your bills are paid correctly and on time. You can also complete the IEQ online at

Step 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).