Get started with Medicare

Getting Medicare is a major milestone. Here’s where you can get the information you need, no matter where you are in your Medicare journey.

5 important facts:

  1. Some people get Medicare automatically, and some have to sign up. You may have to sign up if you’re 65 (or almost 65) and not getting Social Security.
  2. There are certain times of the year when you can sign up or change how you get your coverage.
  3. If you sign up for Medicare Part B when you’re first eligible, you can avoid a penalty.
  4. You can choose how you get your Medicare coverage.
  5. You may be able to get help with your Medicare costs.


Things to do now:

Already enrolled in Medicare? Use this checklist [PDF, 142 KB] to make the most of your new coverage. Or, choose any path below to find out more about Medicare, and when and how to sign up:

Get the basics: Get key information about Medicare Learn based on my situation: See how Medicare works in your situation Join a plan: Get Medicare coverage Plan for your first year: Get helpful guidance for year one