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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.

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