This checklist will help you remember the important steps that need to be taken between now and your 65th birthday or when you become Medicare eligible.
7 to 9 months before your 65th birthday:
- Contact the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) to confirm your eligibility for Medicare benefits.
- Review your current health insurance coverage to find out what happens after you become Medicare eligible. If you are working, contact your Human Resources department.
4 to 6 months before your 65th birthday:
- Check with your doctor(s) to see if they accept Medicare.
- Learn and research Medicare coverage options in your area at medicare.gov (general Medicare information, ordering Medicare booklets, information about health plans, learning if you qualify for financial assistance).
1 to 3 months before your 65th birthday:
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