Advertisement

When can I apply for Medicare?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

You can apply for Medicare up to three months before you turn 65 and no later than three months after you blow out those 65 candles on your birthday cake (assuming you do that on your birth date).

 

However, if you start receiving Social Security benefits, you will automatically be enrolled in Medicare. If you receive disability benefits or Railroad benefits, you can apply for Medicare during your initial Railroad enrollment period.

Continue Learning about Medicare

5 Ways Medicare Has Changed in 50 Years
5 Ways Medicare Has Changed in 50 Years
It has been 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson signed a health insurance program for older Americans into law on July 30, 1965. Medicare continue...
Read More
Will the cost of vasectomy reversal procedure be covered by medicare?
Peter N. Mattar, MDPeter N. Mattar, MD
The cost of vasectomy reversal is almost never covered by any insurance carrier.  Specialized Urolog...
More Answers
How much long-term care does Medicare cover?
Anthony CirilloAnthony Cirillo
People think that Medicare will carry the day for long term care. It does for no more than eight...
More Answers
What Type of Policy Changes Is AARP Advocating?
What Type of Policy Changes Is AARP Advocating?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.