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When should I enroll in Medicare?

About three months before you turn 65, an Initial Enrollment Questionnaire (IEQ) should come in the mail to you. It’s best to enroll in Medicare during the following seven-month window. This is called your Initial Enrollment Period (IEP):

• Three months before your 65th birthday
• The month of your 65th birthday
• Three months after your 65th birthday

For instance, if your birthday is May 14, your Medicare effective date is May 1 and your enrollment window runs from Feb. 1 through Aug. 31.

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