Medicare Checklist


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 External Link Icon 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 External Link Icon (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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